2018-09-08 / Education

Movin’ it for Morton dance fundraiser set for Sept. 28


Sarah Morton was a teacher at Southern Middle School and an active member in the Person County community. She lost her battle with ovarian cancer in May 2010. SUBMITTED Sarah Morton was a teacher at Southern Middle School and an active member in the Person County community. She lost her battle with ovarian cancer in May 2010. SUBMITTED Movin’ it for Morton is making its exciting return with Girls’ Night Out: Sweating, Sipping and Shopping. The fundraising event will be held at Southern Middle School Friday, Sept. 28 and will feature a glow party, as well as jazzercise, protein shake and fruit smoothie samples, and goods from local women’s businesses.

Shopping will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and jazzercise will be from 7-8:30 p.m.

Music and lights will be provided by Gene Deese, better known as DJ Hollywood.

Proceeds will fund clinical ovarian cancer research at Duke University Medical Center, as well as to the Sarah Elizabeth Morton “Teach in Person” Scholarship to help a college student study to be a teacher and hopefully return to Person County to teach.

The “Movin’ it for Morton” campaign began as a 5K race in Morton’s honor to raise money for her medical expenses.

She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and lost her battle with the disease in May 2010.

The fundraiser evolved into a three-hour Jazzerthon in her memory to raise money for ovarian cancer research at Duke University Medical Center – a cause that, according to Movin’ it for Morton co-founder and fundraiser chair Stacey Davis, was a cause dear to Morton’s heart, as she believed firmly in trying new clinical trials to further her life and help to save the lives of others.

“After a couple of years, I knew it was time to bring Movin’ it for Morton back; and, this time, I want for it to be more of a community event [than] ever before,” Davis said. “Sarah believed in including everyone… [She] was a champion for children, teachers and education; and we felt this was another important [way] for her legacy to live on.”

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