ARLINGTON, Va. — Since 1975, Bishop O’Connell High School students have been fighting to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. 

In 1975, Brenda O’Donnell, a student at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA,  passed away after a long and arduous fight against cystic fibrosis. Shortly after Brenda’s untimely death, her sister Maura began to work with the school administration and her fellow students to create Superdance, a twelve-hour dance marathon that helps raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

For 44 years now, it's been the students at Bishop O'Connell that have organized Superdance every year. Since its inception, Superdance has grown to be the largest fundraiser of its kind, having raised over $4 million in its tireless effort to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. In that time, the gene that causes cystic fibrosis has been discovered, treatments have been created, and most importantly, the life expectancy of those affected has risen dramatically, thanks in no small part to the fundraising efforts of our fellow Bishop O’Connell students, but the fight is not over yet.

Superdance is Saturday, March 30. Between now and then the students are gathering pledges and donations from their friends and neighbors to get ready for the dance. Their goal this year is to raise $200,001 (and break the previous school record) to find a cure for cystic fibrosis!

If you are interested in making a contribution, go to Superdance.org. All the money raised goes straight to researching a cure for cystic fibrosis!