Zumbathon honors promise, supports blood donor center

May 28, 2014 | by dsapia

Arlene and Morgan Davidson Arlene and Morgan Davidson

It began with a promise. "My grandmother and I had big dreams. Our goal was to help City of Hope as a team," says Morgan Davidson. Her grandmother lost her battle to lymphoma in 2009, but Davidson was determined to carry on. And her efforts have realized over $40,000 for City of Hope, to date. Davidson, 16, has pioneered two Ambassadors for Hope clubs; one at Calabasas High School and one at New Community Jewish High School. Most recently, she hosted the second annual Zumbathon - a two-hour Zumba party benefiting City of Hope - and was a featured 'Cool Kid' on ABC 7's Eyewitness News. On the eve of the Zumbathon, the Davidson family faced another loss to cancer, their beloved grandfather. The family decided to go forward with event, in their words, "In full force to help to continue to fight this awful disease." It was Davidson's wish that Zumbathon be a joyful event, to celebrate her grandparents' lives and to bring awareness to City of Hope. The Ambassadors of Hope Clubs from both schools partnered with Fit Squad LA for the Zumbathon. An auction and Tree of Life, with leaves of donations, contributed to the fundraising, benefiting City of Hope's blood donor center. Also on hand was City of Hope's Be the Match to recruit potential bone marrow donors for the National Marrow Donor Program. Clearly, Davidson continues to keep her promise. Blood Donation FAQs >> Learn more about the National Marrow Registry >>

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