Jazmine Cope died from a rare marrow disease two years ago, when she was only 15 years old.
She did not get to accomplish her dream of becoming a pediatric oncology nurse, but her family and friends are doing their best to help as many people as they can in her memory.
A Zumbathon on Sunday at the York City Ice Arena will benefit the Cope for Hope Foundation.
Jazmine's father, Jay Cope of Spring Grove, created the Cope for Hope Foundation while she was still alive to raise awareness and funds toward research of pediatric cancer.
Cope for Hope continues to raise funds that are distributed to pediatric cancer patients in York County.
The Zumbathon goes from 2 to 4 p.m. and will be led by Stacy Pagen and Sarah Placencia, two certified Zumba instructors.
Lifestyle Foods has donated healthy snack packs for the event.
Anyone interested in signing up should go to the Hope for Cope Facebook page, or sign up at Body Rhythms Life Fitness, 1240 Greensprings Drive in York.
The cost to participate is $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and all the money benefits Hope for Cope.
"All of the money goes back to families in York County with pediatric cancer to help with expenses," said Erica Kunkel, one of the event organizers. "It all stays in the local area which is nice."
The Hope for Cope Foundation was able to assist 17 families battling pediatric cancer in 2011 through donating approximately $7,400, and donated more than $8,000 to Hershey Medical Center, according to www.hopeforcope.
An $1,800 scholarship is also donated in Jazmine's honor to a high school senior each spring.
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