BENEFITING: Children's Miracle Network
I LOVE THESE KIDS. DUKE LOVES THESE KIDS. YOU WILL LOVE THESE KIDS.
The mission of Duke Dance Marathon is to inspire, educate, and support Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center, our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Through our yearlong efforts to conquer pediatric illness, we increase awareness and raise money "For the Kids" at Duke Children's. Every single dollar we raise goes directly to Duke Children’s Hospital and the hospital then uses this money to improve the quality of patient care for the children suffering under its care.
Duke Dance Marathon is students, student organizations, faculty, and community members coming together in a united effort, all to fight for a common cause. Being Duke's largest student-run philanthropy, student teams raise money year-round through several fundraising events and personal appeals. Our efforts culminate in an 8-hour event in March to celebrate the fight against pediatric illness, where 100% of our funds go toward essential research, equipment and education, and increasing quality of life for patients.
As you may or may not know, I just finished my freshman year at Duke. This past spring, I participated in Dance Marathon simply as a dancer who attended the event. However, I was blown away with the amazing mission of the organization and knew that I wanted to be a bigger part of it during my sophomore year. I did not know much about Dance Marathon before attending. I knew it was a huge deal at schools like the University of Florida, and I suspected that there would be a lot of dancing. What I did not expect was the overwhelming sense of community and gratitude felt both by the families and by the dancers. The families shared their emotional journeys with Duke Children’s Hospital, and the dancers offered support in every way that they could. And the kids were so cute! Thus, I applied to be on the Executive Board as the Family Relations Chair. Duke Dance Marathon is now the largest nonprofit organization on Duke’s campus and we dream of becoming even bigger and reaching even greater goals in this upcoming school year. My senior year, I hope to run the entire event as the Overall Director! Duke Dance Marathon has truly caught my heart and ignited my desire to make positive change, and I can not wait to see what our incredible executive board and inspiring student body can do this year!!