Ebola has been shaking up a lot of people as many in the western hemisphere start to feel the deadly disease’s proximity in a real way for the first time. Befittingly, the #ShakeEbolaOff Dance Challenge campaign is bringing awareness to the diseases and Ebola medical treatment organizations that need funds and support to win the good fight.#ShakeEbolaOff is challenging celebrities, athletes and everyone else for that matter, to showcase their best dance moves to help Emergency USA, an organization battling and treating the disease in Sierra Leone.
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Upon completion of the dance, the challenged can then become the challenger and call upon others to join in on the campaign, much like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.In a moment that almost feels too good to be true, Kevin Bacon put on his dancing shoes and accepted the #ShakeEbolaOff Dance Challenge a la Footloose. Bacon taps his feet and proves he’s still got the moves. He references the iconic scene from the 1984 film when his character, Ren, taught Chris Penn’s Willard how to dance as “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” played in the background. If that alone wasn’t making some fans faint, Mr. Bacon then challenged Sam Underwood, his co-star on Fox’s crime drama, “The Following.”

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Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Irene Edwards, Nzinga Blake, Stephanie Filo and Shalimar Zahra.

 

The #ShakeEbolaOff Dance Challenge was devised by End Ebola Now, a team of Sierra Leonean-American entertainment-industry professionals.This core group consists of producer Adetokumboh M’Cormack, producer/director Nzinga Blake, designer Stephanie Filo and many others. The group hopes to raise funds for overwhelmed treatment centers as many have been turning away those in need due to limited resources.

Since the efforts for containment have shut down borders of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, those who find themselves ill also find themselves with very few options for healthcare and medical treatment. Funds raised will help with treatment as well as the distribution of information to help prevent future infections.

Ebola has been wreaking havoc on humanity since 1976 when the first case was diagnosed in the Congo. Yet, it has been the recent presence of the disease in US and the case, and subsequent death, of Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas that has made the disease get recent global priority. The World Health Organization reported Tuesday morning that the death rate of the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70% and there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week in the next two months.

Now that Kevin Bacon has joined in the dance challenge, well anyone who’s ever played “Six Degrees of Separation” from him knows this challenge is sure to gain some serious awareness. – Nicole JAMES