"Dancing for Sandy"
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- A Friday night dance party kicks off the weekend and raises money for a familiar face in the downtown area.
You've probably seen Sandy Bell riding his bike downtown, passing out flowers.
He's been diagnosed with cancer, but a little help is on the way.
The beat sets the tone and these folks are in the mood for a little movement. Some shaking and sliding.
These dancers are taking a jab at a little authentic African dance, Bohemian belly dance and the Zumba, a Latin aerobic dance.
"It's cool, it's fun, it's like exercise but dancing also," says participant Yoland Banks.
But this dance has a purpose. To help a familiar face in the downtown Chattanooga area, Sandy Bell. You've likely seen him pedaling his bike and passing out petals to the girls.
"Sandy's down there faithfully every week, making us feel special," says dance instructor Lindsey Morman.
So dance instructor Lindsey Morman organized this fundraiser. Morman says Bell has been diagnosed with cancer and the money will help him pay medical bills for chemotherapy.
"We want to help anyway we can. He's got enough on his mind we want to take something off his plate would be ," says Morman.
And it seems they're determined to have a good time while doing it. Bell's cousin says she wouldn't have missed it.
"He comes to church, he looks well, he rides his bike to church every Sunday. Yea, I'm a fan of Sandy," says Banks.
The dozens of dancers there all paid a $10 donation. It will go to Bell to help him pay medical expenses.