The Pitt Hoppin’ Dance-a-thon was an incredible success, thanks to the energy, organization, and generous hearts of Caroline, Jenny, and the entire Harris family.  Their inspiration was Logan Bomar, Caroline’s cousin and Jenny’s niece, who has Pitt Hopkins syndrome (PTHS).  The Dance-a-thon raised over $14,000 for research into finding a cure for PTHS.

This beautiful story began with planning a Senior Project for Caroline, who chose to organize a fundraiser for the Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation in honor of Logan. Caroline was able to combine her love of dance with her love for her niece, Logan, through organizing this very successful and meaningful event. She also chose this venue to be able to include children with Pitt Hopkins who could participate by dancing in this event.  This Senior Project required 30 hours of work, but Caroline actually spent 75-100 hours in planning.  She made a My Event fundraising page, a Facebook page, and an Evite Paperless post to advertise this event.  Over 200 guests attended the Dance-a-thon. She recruited volunteers from school to help with the Dance-a-thon who needed service hours.

Caroline’s favorite part of the evening was when she spoke at the event and looked out over the crowd and realized that so many of the the special people in their lives were gathered together to help support Logan.  Caroline said she wanted to show Brooke and David Bomar (Logan’s parents) how much they love them, and to be able to give as much as she could through organizing this event.  The Harris family held this event at their home, under a large tent on their property, and had a live DJ, BBQ dinner generously donated by BBQ Joe’s, dancing, give aways, and prizes. Logan, her family, some of the directors of the Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation, and a current researcher from UNC-CH, Dr. Ben Philpot, attended this very special event.

From the organizer:

My name is Caroline Harris, and I am a senior at High Point Christian Academy. Our Senior Community Impact Project encourages us to find a way to use our talents, abilities, and passions to strengthen and serve our community.

I am a competitive dancer at Starz Elite Dance Center, and wanted to find a way to combine my passion for dance and my desire to help children with the Pitt Hopkins diagnosis. So, I came up with the idea of a Dance-a-thon. This event will be a lot of fun, and a great way to spread awareness of Pitt Hopkins Syndrome.
About Logan
Logan, my brave little cousin, is the catalyst and inspiration behind Pitt Hoppin’ Dance-a-thon. My Aunt Brooke and Uncle David have 3 children. Jack is 7, Logan is 4, and Wes is 2. They have faced the heart breaking diagnosis of Pitt Hopkins head on and their journey has inspired me to gracefully persevere and never give up. They are always looking for new therapies and treatments to help Logan, while making time for homework, sports, cooking, working, and blogging about PTHS. Their faith and positive attitude is contagious, and anyone who gets to spend time with this special family comes away wanting to be a better person. If you would like to learn more about Logan, go to Brooke’s blog:  www.logansluxuries.com.