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Originally published in Compass, March 7, 2013
Blue Hill YMCA sets Benefit Zumba Sedgwick woman to raise $5,000 for Down’s Syndrome

by Anne Berleant

Sharlene Grant, a Sedgwick resident and mother, set two goals: to run the Boston Marathon on April 15 and to raise $5,000 for the Massachusetts’s Down’s Syndrome Congress (MDSC) while doing so.

Her daughter, Eve Skoletsky, is a seven-year-old with Down’s Syndrome who attends Sedgwick Elementary School.

“My goal is 26.2 miles,” said Grant, of running the marathon. “It’s not going to be pretty, but I’ll get it done.”

Grant is entering the Boston Marathon as a fundraiser for MSDC, which means she is not being timed, but must raise $5,000 for the organization.

“They provide seminars and lots of services [and] therapies,” Grant said. “They advocate, and they’re a great support system for families and professionals. Some of Sedgwick teachers have gone to [their] seminars.”

Through social media, fundraising website and a letter writing campaign, Grant has already raised nearly $3,000.

To help Grant meet her fundraising goal, the Blue Hill YMCA is offering Benefit Zumba at the Sedgwick Elementary School on Saturday, March 9 from 9 to 10 a.m. A raffle drawing will also be held.

“Our part is to help Sharlene raise money,” said Annie Grindal, an instructor at the Blue Hill Y. “We’re just looking for a way to help a community member out.”

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program, said Grindal, “It’s for all levels. It’s a great cardio workout and it’s fun. People can dance and have a really great time.”

Grant and her daughter Eve will be there. “I love Zumba,” said Grant. “And Eve loves to dance.”