‘Survivor: Africa’ winner to kick off Dance Marathon’s Miracle Week

“Survivor: Africa” winner Ethan Zohn will deliver the keynote address during Miracle Week, Western Carolina University Dance Marathon’s weeklong series of events designed to promote the organization’s fundraising and awareness campaign for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, and more specifically, the group’s partner hospital – Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health Systems in Greenville, South Carolina.

Zohn used his $1 million prize from “Survivor: Africa,” the third season of the “Survivor” reality series on CBS, to start a charity, Grassroots Soccer, to educate young Africans about HIV and AIDS prevention. A former professional soccer player in the U.S. and Zimbabwe, he recently survived a rare form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“Survivor: Africa” winner Ethan Zohn

Zohn will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. His appearance on campus is sponsored by Last Minute Productions and the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement.

Other fundraising Miracle Week events include “Tutus and T-shirts” from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the UC Grandroom, where participants will be asked to donate $5 for each T-shirt or tutu they create during a crafts activity; and an ice cream social from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, on the UC lawn, with a charge of $1 per sundae.

Members of WCU Dance Marathon also will maintain a table on the UC lawn from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday of Miracle Week to share information, sell merchandise and register dancers for the annual Dance Marathon, which is set for 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the University Center.

Organizers of the Dance Marathon have set a fundraising goal of $25,000 for this year and are looking to top last year’s WCU record of $21,510.72. Registration is $25 through Friday, Oct. 13, and $30 from Saturday, Oct. 14, until the event.

For more information, contact Brandon Lokey, assistant director for campus programs, at bklokey@wcu.edu or 828-227-2612.