Martin high School in Arlington Texas has become known for its lip dub videos, and its second one out this year is an effort to raise money for cancer research.
Their move was inspired by classmate Taylor Helland, who is fighting a rare, deadly form of colon cancer. Martin High's rival Arlington High last month had its band adopt Taylor as an honorary member and dedicate a performance as a show of support.
The 16-year-old has had surgery and a dozen rounds of chemotherapy, but the cancer is hanging on.
"About six months ago we found out it had come back," Taylor told CBS 11 last month. "So this year I have been doing chemo again, and we're just trying to hopefully shrink the tumors enough where they can remove them and it goes away."
The 2010 Martin High lip dub was filmed in the name of school unity, and quickly went viral. After months of rehearsal this year, all of the high school's 3,321 students took part in the video, shot in one continuous take. Despite her medical treatments, Taylor took part in the video as well, and the lip dub has received 35,900 views as of Wednesday morning.
"Just the fact that they're doing this all for cancer research, you know, to help taylor and to help other kids like Taylor is, really, just means so much to us, it's really unbelievable," Taylors father Bob Helland told MyFOX DFW.
The students took pledges based on the number of YouTube hits the video receives. They had already raised $12,000 in pledges before the video was even shot Monday.
Student movements to raise awareness and support for cancer research has not always been as unified. Last fall, Arizona's Gilbert High School cheerleaders were told they couldn't wear pink T-shirts to two football games to raise money from spectators for breast cancer research.
School officials issued a ban on the shirts for their "objectionable slogan." The shirts said "Gilbert Cheer" on the front and "Feel For Lumps, Save Your Bumps" on the back. Fearing administrative threats of being kicked off the team for boycotting games over the decision, the students opted to simply collect donations at the games and sell their banned shirts, donating the proceeds.
But such a cure may not be far off. California 17-year-old Angela Zhang took home a $100,000 check from the national Siemens science contest early this year for research that experts say could lead to a potential cure for cancer.
"I created a nano particle that's kind of like the Swiss Army knife of cancer treatment in that it can detect cancer cells, eradicate the cancer cells and then monitor the treatment response," Angela said at the time. "Sot he major aim of the project was to personalize cancer medicine."
For now, it's students like those at Martin High that are raising the support needed for their peers like Angela to find the necessary cure. The Martin students' video is an entertaining tour through the school's campus that is nothing short of dancing goats and wake boarding down stairs. Check out the full video below.
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