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Huskies get support of pop star during dance-a-thon

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Dozens of UConn students participated in the dance marathon all to help raise money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the Children's Miracle Network. (WFSB) Dozens of UConn students participated in the dance marathon all to help raise money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the Children's Miracle Network. (WFSB)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

They may be dancing to some of her hit songs during the 18-hour HuskyTHON at the University of Connecticut and now Taylor Swift also offered support in the form of a donation.

Igor Lekontsev is just one of the dozens of UConn students who participated in the dance marathon all to help raise money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the Children's Miracle Network.

However, Lekontsev got some star power behind his dance moves when pop star Taylor Swift made a donation to his campaign.

Swift donated $1,989 as a nod to her album "1989", which just won Album of the Year at the Grammy's.

Lekontsev, an accounting major at the college and a self-proclaimed Taylor Swift fanatic, got to FaceTime with the pop star Saturday morning.  The pair talked about music and more before Swift mentioned she also planned to donate to the campaign. Lekontsev posted screenshots from their chat later on his Twitter and Instagram pages.

Swift's sizable donation helped the HuskyTHON organization in surpassing its goal of $700,000 this year, collecting $716,394.

The 18-hour dance marathon kicked off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and stopped at noon on Sunday.

"You think about how tough this is, staying up all night, but then you think about their toughest days, and it's nothing in comparison," said Sarah Paduano, an organizer of the event.

To find out more about HuskyTHON checkout their website here.

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