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Free ice skating on Long Island for kids with cancer

Jordan Belous, 16, of Melville, has organized "Skate

Jordan Belous, 16, of Melville, has organized "Skate for the Gold" at the Dix Hills Ice Rink on Sunday, March 6. She is pictured her on Sept. 9, 2015, when she was working on her #WhipPediatricCancer campaign. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Families affected by pediatric cancer can enjoy a free morning of ice skating from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 6, at the Dix Hills Ice Rink, 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. The event is dubbed “Skate for Gold” by organizer Jordan Belous, 16, of Melville, combining a play on the color representing pediatric cancer and of Olympic medals.

Belous is the high school junior who began a #WhipPediatricCancer campaign on Aug. 17, asking groups and individuals to post videos of themselves online executing the steps to lyrics “Now watch me whip, now watch me nae nae” — thrusting forward with a fist to “whip” and walking backward with one hand in the air to “nae nae.”

Whip Pediatric Cancer has garnered more than 6,000 videos from 47 countries and raised more than $25,000 for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, says Belous’ mom, Victoria. Her daughter has more than 21,000 “likes” on her Whip Pediatric Cancer Facebook page.

Belous says she wanted to have a skating day because she, her brother and her dad have all played ice hockey, and skating has been a big part of her life. “I thought it would be a fun day for all of the kids to have an experience maybe their parents thought they might never have,” Belous says.

To register, visit her Whip Pediatric Cancer Facebook page. Skates are included, as well as waters and snacks. There will also be face painting and a photo booth. The Town of Huntington donated the rink usage, Victoria Belous says.

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