Shut Up And Just Dance With This Gaucher Patient

Hey guys… I have a confession to make:

I hate dancing.


I hate it because I’m bad at it, and I don’t like doing things I’m bad at, especially when it’s in front of people who might be judging me.

When my older sister got married, she made me dance with her at the wedding. I may have had one too many, because I decided I’d try to dip her and instead I just dropped her on the floor. #TrueStory

Okay, now I have another confession:

I wish I were good at dancing, because it looks like a lot of fun, and I’m jealous of people who are good at it, or who just don’t care that they’re bad at it and go out and have a good time anyway.


Since my sister’s wedding, the amount of times I’ve danced have been few and far between. Mostly it involves non-rhythmic jerking of my upper body, while everything from the waist down remains totally still. Of course, I’m usually sitting in my car (and forget that others can see me) or behind the desk at my home office (and nobody can).


BUT NOW there’s something that would get me to dance in public (this is called “burying the lead”):

Lindsay Zuckerman, a 12-year-old at Lazar Middle School in Montville, NJ, has organized a dance-a-thon to raise money for the National Gaucher Foundation.

Gaucher disease is the most common lysosomal storage disorder, and results in a build up of lipids in the bone marrow, lungs, spleen, liver or brain. Typical symptoms include fatigue, easy bruising and bleeding, an enlarged liver or spleen which causes the abdomen to swell, and bone pain or weak/easily-broken bones.

It’s pretty impressive that a 12-year-old is raising awareness about her disease and also raising funds for the NGF. I encourage anyone in the Montville area to attend and support Lindsay in her efforts. And if you can’t make it, you can still offer your support by donating.


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James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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