Tarpon Springs PD 'Thriller Challenge' raises money for ill children through 'CURED Foundation'

Posted at 11:09 AM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 18:59:08-04

The Tarpon Springs Police Department is celebrating Halloween and showing off their zombie dance moves all in an effort to raise awareness and money for ill children through the CURED Foundation. 

The 'Thriller Challenge' was created by Tarpon Springs Detective Lara Scarpati. Detective Scarpati asked her Department to get together and dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in an effort to go viral for a cause that hits very close to home for her family. 

The CURED Foundation is a not for profit organization that raises money to find a cure for Eosinophilic disease pediatric patients. Detective Scarpati's 1-year-old son is a severe Eosinophilic patient. She said, "His symptoms would include blood curdling screaming 22 hours a day, blood and mucus in his diaper."  

He has the disease in his esophagus, as well as his lungs and small intestines. Detective Scarpati says "He fights every day, just to get through the day." 

The Tarpon Springs Police Department successfully pulled off a viral hit and now they're sharing the story of why they're all dancing to Thriller. They want to help find research to find a cure and they need your help. Learn more about the CURED Foundation here

Watch the video below: