Lakota East High School is one step closer to having the attention of Ellen DeGeneres.
On Thursday, the school and all of its 2,700 students made a “lip dub” video to raise awareness and funds for the Center for Spina Bifida Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.In the video, students performed as lip singers to five popular songs from artists, including Black Eyed Peas, One Direction and Smash Mouth. Once edited they hope to get the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who they hope can bring their efforts to raise awareness for Spina Bifida to the national stage.
National Honor Society seniors at Lakota East High School picked Ellen over two other personalities who can be identified in five letters in Oprah and Obama.
“Ellen is open to accepting challenges,” said senior Sydney Aten, NHS president. “She is not only a figure who has respect from multiple groups of people, but she can connect with almost everyone. We wanted to find someone who everyone looks up to and admires.”
Producers contacted the school late last week. Aten said a producer told her that the “Ellen Show’’ is supportive of the cause and their efforts. They said they wanted to get the message out and are anxiously waiting for the release of the video.
Once the video is released, it is not known how it would be featured, if at all, on the popular daytime talk show.
Either way, the project has already raised awareness thanks to a student at VanGorden Elementary who caused the Greater Cincinnati community and a Butler County school district to get behind it.
Amelia Murphy, 11, received a standing ovation from students after speaking at a Lakota East High School assembly in February. She suffers from Spina Bifida and has had 62 surgeries, many on her brain and her spine.
“Spina Bifida is basically a condition with your spinal cord and your brain,” Murphy said. “Symptoms vary. Some people can walk and some people can’t. I have had half my surgeries on my head. It can be really tough, but my family has been with me through all of it.”
ABOUT SPINA BIFIDA
- Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect that occurs in the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column does not close completely.
- Scientists believe that genetic and environmental factors may act together to cause Spina Bifida.
- Studies have shown the risk of Spina Bifida can be reduced significantly by taking 400 micrograms of folic acid daily before pregnancy.
- Each day in the United States, an average of eight babies are born with Spina Bifida or a similar defect of the brain and spine.
- An estimated 166,000 people in the United States currently live with Spina Bifida.
- Hispanic mothers are 11/2 to 2 times more likely to give birth to a child with Spina Bifida than non-Hispanic Caucasians.