By Janee Law
While continuing to shatter pediatric cancer research fundraising goals with her nonprofit Whip Pediatric Cancer, 16-year-old Jordan Belous is planning to give back to families in a different way.
The Melville teen that has raised $25,596 for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will host a free day of skating March 6 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Dix Hills Ice Rink (575 Vanderbilt Parkway). The event is intended exclusively for families affected by pediatric cancer, who can sign up through the “Whip Pediatric Cancer Skating” Facebook group.
“I want to provide a fun day for these kids that deserve to have as much fun as possible because they’ve been through the hardest, and they’ve seen the worst,” Belous, a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School East, said. She’s dubbed the event “Skate for GOLD.”
Belous called the ice rink her second home, and said her passion for skating led her to the idea for next week’s event, which she hopes will “give the kids a great day.”
Skating assistance will provided by The Long Island Rebels and Long Island Hawks hockey teams, and while skate rentals will be free, families are advised to bring their own helmets. Belous expects over 100 people to attend, who, along with skating, will be able to enjoy face painting, a photo booth and free snacks.
The event is being made possible, in part, by Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who presented Belous with a town proclamation in October and said Monday that he plans to sponsor a town resolution on March 8 that will waive fees for Skate for GOLD.
“This young woman is a dynamo, and she is rapidly approaching her new ambitious fundraising goal,” Cuthbertson said.
Since launching the Whip Pediatric Cancer movement in August 2015, Belous has generated 20,000 on the nonprofit’s Facebook page, and has raised $25,596, all of which goes towards pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Belous said the movement, which entails people recording themselves dancing the “whip” and “nae nae,” has generated over 6,000 videos from 47 different countries, and every state in America.
Her next goal is $30,000, and Cuthbertson said he has “no doubt that she will meet and exceed her goal.”
Belous’ mother, Victoria Belous, a cancer survivor, said she’s “thrilled” by her daughter’s efforts.
“We’re very happy that it’s continuing and she’s now raised even more money and more awareness for pediatric awareness research,” Victoria said.
Belous said she “never expected to raise this much money, or this much awareness, but I’m so thankful that it has.”
She added that she wants to “make sure that one day pediatric cancer is obsolete.”