Dancing for Nate

Thursday, January 11, 2018
The Spencer High School chapter of National Honor Society will host a dance-a-thon to benefit Nate Fisher Friday night from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Field House. Fisher is currently on the national waiting list for multiorgan transplant. (Above) Senior NHS members Catherine Glackin, Grace Gildrehus and Carli Bryan displayed some of the decoration for the dance-a-thon which will be “Star Wars” themed. (Photo by Colin Van Westen)

For many National Honor Society members supporting Nate Fisher is very personal. Fisher has been on the national organ transplant waiting list for multiorgan failure over a year. The Spencer High School chapter of NHS has planned a dance-a-thon fundraiser to support Fisher and his family. The fundraiser will be conducted from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight in the Spencer Field House, coinciding with Fisher's early graduation date.

Students have the opportunity to use pledge sheets and get sponsors for the dance-a-thon. The sponsorship is going to the participation in the event, not by how long the student dances.

The dance-a-thon will feature a Chewbacca imitation contest, a Jenga contest, different dance contests and the chance to play “Mario Kart.” Concessions with Godfather's pizza and pop will be available to the students as well as T-shirts commemorating the event for $15.

"I think we were modestly hoping for about $1,500 through donations, T-shirt sales and the faculty did a jeans day where they pay $5 to wear jeans at school," NHS Sponsor Rochelle Achenbach said.

Prizes will be given to the student who raises the most pledges. Others will receive “Star Wars”-themed gifts throughout the night.

"I have known Nate Fisher and his family since we were kids," senior NHS member Morgan Petersen said. "We attended the same church. We are both seniors. Nate Fisher was one of the many reasons I decided to check that box to become an organ donor. I hope this event has that impact on young individuals to become organ donors as well. This is about celebrating Nate."

"I have known Nate for a very long time," NHS member Connor Mackenzie said. "Nate and I were in the same preschool class, elementary and we also went to prom together last year. It is crazy to think that we are already seniors and that Nate will be graduating very soon. He has gone through so much with his diagnosis and waiting for the organ transplants he needs. I am very excited that we are able to have this dance-a-thon for Nate especially because he is so excited about it."

Achenbach said NHS members have been approached before about doing a dance marathon-type event inspired by different universities and colleges events.

"The community support has been wonderful," Achenbach said. "That is the wonderful thing about Spencer. The word has gotten out on Facebook, word of mouth and people have been dropping off checks at the office. People here are very generous and caring. We appreciate the support.

"I hope for a great turnout. We opened the dance up for eighth-grade students to attend as well. Nate has a sister who is in eighth grade so we thought it would be nice if she could come. The students have been really excited for what this could be."

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