Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster) (center left) and his fiancée, Ginny Nguyen, (far left), joined Gary Mervis, Founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times (center right), and Dr. Lou Butino, a founding organizer of the Teddi Dance for Love (far right), at the 24-hour dance-a-thon.
“I am grateful for the work that Camp Good Days and Special Times does to provide emotional respite and fun for kids and families that are fighting cancer,” said Johns. “Their mission to celebrate life, even during the most difficult times, is not lost on our community. I know that many of us look forward to taking part in the annual Teddi Dance for Love to raise cancer awareness and funding, and I feel privileged to have participated.”
This year, the group commemorated the life of J’lon Woody, a child who Camp Good Days and Special Times aided during his two-year battle with cancer. The family noted that a camp-sponsored trip to Disney World made a significant positive impact on the child’s quality of life.
Johns supports the camp’s work and was happy to help kick off the Teddi Dance for Love. The assemblyman was joined by several local dignitaries, including Dr. Donald Bain, President of St. John Fisher, Dr. Lou Butino, a founding organizer of the dance-a-thon and Gary Mervis, founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times. Additionally, Lou Gramm, former lead vocalist of the rock band Foreigner, was this year’s honorary chair. The Teddi Dance for Love is named after Teddi Mervis, who served as an inspiration for Camp Good Days. Assemblyman Johns also participates in "Carry the Ball for Courage" and the annual "Courage Bowl" football game between St. John Fisher and the University of Rochester. Both events also benefit Camp Good Days.