MSU students dance all day to benefit young Sparrow patients

 Michigan State University's Spartython Fundraiser.
Michigan State University's Spartython Fundraiser. (WILX)
Published: Feb. 22, 2020 at 6:16 PM EST
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Hundreds of Michigan State University students and family members gathered to put on one of the biggest fundraising events in the Big Ten.

"They just kept going, they just kept fighting, they fought for him the way we would fight for him ourselves," Jennifer Scott said.

Brendan Scott, Jennifer's son, is this year's sparrow center miracle child. He was hit by a car late in 2018, which caused several life-threatening injuries.

"One of the chambers to his heart was even perforated, his spleen was ruptured, his liver was torn, and both of his legs were broken," Stephen Guertin MD, Brendan's attending physician at Sparrow Hospital, said.

Brendan was given less than a one-percent chance of surviving.

"They came out and told us twice that night that he wouldn't make it through the night, but through Sparrow's team and the Lord, he's here today," Richard Scott, Brendan's father, said.

Brendan underwent speech lessons and several other rehabilitation treatments after his accident. His family says he's improving every day.

"That's what this Spartython is all about. For 10 hours, this group of students is going to dance their brains out. They're going to raise money so that we can use that money to go towards the kinds of programs that kept that boy alive," Guertin said.

Michigan State's Spartython Dance Event helps raise thousands of dollars for the Sparrow Children's Center. Last year, the group was able to donate over $41,000. They say this year, they hope to raise even more.

"Every year since we've been going, we've raised more and more, which is really cool. We've never done less or the same as the previous year," Shealyn Mandle, the vice president of the group, said.

The event also welcomed last year's miracle child to be a part of this year's celebration. Her family says they're glad to see the event still going.

"It's an honor to be asked to come back with Carmen...and to see the young generation raise money for the Children's Miracle Network," Monica Roberts said.

Committee members at M.S.U. say their goal this year is to donate $50,000 to Sparrow, but someday they hope to be in the millions.

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