You Can Dance If You Want To
Perhaps you have seen the Facebook posts from your student or friends’ kids that say #FTK or #ForTheKids. Maybe even fundraising pages for an event called Dance Marathon. Or maybe you have never even heard of the Marathon. If you have a student at UF, you will definitely want to know about this event, donate to this event and encourage your student to get involved in this event. This is college philanthropy at its best. Created to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1991, the Marathons are held at college campuses across the country to raise funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America.
Dance The Night Away
Dance Marathon, also known in Gainesville as DMUF, will take place on Saturday, March 30th and ends on March 31, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.The number of participants, which includes, dancers, staff, captains, and directors (overalls) numbers 5,394 students. 800 Dancers will spend 26.2 hours (thus the nomenclature marathon) on their feet. They will line dance, enjoy live entertainment and meet some of the families that benefit from the funds raised. Staff and captains run various fundraising events throughout the year culminating in the dance marathon. 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kids. At the University of Florida, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is the Children’s Miracle Network participating hospital.
The Last Dance
Last year’s Marathon raised $3,026,420.19. There are many opportunities for students to get involved starting when they first step foot on campus. Both of my daughters have been involved with Dance Marathon as a dancer, staff, and captain.
They both have toured the pediatric wing at Shands and met some of the pediatric recipients of the fundraising efforts and their families. Their overall takeaway was that the stress they had about classes, exams, and other daily annoyances were frivolous in comparison to the issues that the patients and families of patients at Shands experience daily. From my perspective, I could not have been more proud of their participation and that this event truly puts into perspective how blessed they truly are.
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