“More fun! And for a good cause!”

 That was how the student members of the Brownwood High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) described the Zumbathon that was held at the BHS turf room Saturday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 HOSA is an organization that prepares students who want to work in health care.

 This year, they are trying to increase public awareness on Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic hereditary disease that affects 30,000 children and adults in the United States alone. It mainly affects the lungs and the digestive system.

 More than 30 people showed up in their workout clothes and Zumba-d with the students and their teachers, Ann Tew and Bonita Deen.

 Instructors from TK Fitness volunteered to lead the “Zumbathon” with Shawn Todd, an ER nurse at BRMC, who teaches free classes at the hospital.

 Todd is also the mother of Ariel, who, together with fellow BHS HOSA members Halie Thacker, Missy Benson, and Mark Johnson, came up with the idea of a Zumba marathon to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 “They worked really hard in broadcasting this and getting it out,” Deen said.