Dance Dash 5K participants dance in the rain

In its first year to host a Dance Dash 5K the Children's Miracle Network raised nearly $12,000.

The thought of dancing and even walking was far from what Samuel Sanchez had in mind nearly eight months ago.

"They diagnosed me with Paraparesis," Sanchez said. "It's just weakness caused by an injury to the spinal cord such as a contusion which is what I had."

Frustrated, Sanchez said he started physical rehab, and refused to let a wheelchair define his life.

"I just didn't want to be in a wheelchair so I got to work in physical rehab and here I am," Sanchez said.

Sanchez is also received help from the Children's Miracle Network in Amarillo. Therefore he said nothing was going to keep him from missing the organization's first Dance Dash 5k event.

"The Children's Miracle Network did so much for me and my family," Sanchez said. "I'll do whatever I can to continue to support them."

Organizers planned a 5K dash around Amarillo College, and at every mile marker the runners and walkers would learn parts of a dance. Then, when everyone reached the finish line, they would break out into a flash mob. However, because of the rain participants didn't get past the starting line, but they didn't turn down the chance to dance in the rain.

"Impromptu things are always more interesting and could be more fun," Organizer Molly Caviness said. "I think our people on the course were really wanting to teach the dances."

The music played and the crowd followed along with every clap, twist and turn.

"I'm just really glad theyâ??re here, and we tried to make the best of it," Caviness said.