BENEFITING: UNC DANCE MARATHON
ORGANIZER: UNC DANCE MARATHON
EVENT: 2013 UNC Dance Marathon
EVENT DATE: Feb 15, 2013
The mission of The UNC Dance Marathon is to unite the University, community, and state in fostering emotional and financial support that improves the quality of life for the patients, families, and staff of N.C. Children's Hospital.
UNC Dance Marathon is not just a fundraiser. It is a belief that anyone can change another person's life if they are willing to put in the passion and the effort. UNC-DM is passion for touching someone's life at their most vulnerable - whether they are a child in the hospital or a parent with a child in the hospital. Throughout the year, UNC college students fundraise, volunteer, and serve. The year culminates with an actual Dance Marathon in which students stand for 24 hours in order to raise money and awareness for patients and families of N.C. Children's Hospital.
UNC-DM has been a part of my life since my first year of college. I started off as a committee member and dancer at the Marathon, then a sub-chair, and now as a senior I am a member of the Overall Committee. The Overall Committee is made up of fourteen students who give their life for a year to serve the hospital and to lead over 300 committee members to serve as well. This year I have served as the Hospital chair - leading all of our volunteer efforts in the hospital, serving meals to parents, communicating with all the families that we are in contact with, and seeking to connect the campus and community with the hospital. Through this role I have come to truly believe in what this organization does because I have seen it affect real families during true trials in their lives.
The reason I believe in the power of UNC-DM is because of Randy Smith, my father. Before losing my sweet daddy in November he taught me that the power to change someone's life for the better is real. Through his ministry to others and to me he taught me that serving others should be constant. He had the ability to see a need in someone around him, maybe someone he had just met, and to immediately and without question, sacrifice moments and resources in his life to fix it. From him I learned that there's nothing better you can do with your life than to give it away for someone else. From the picture on my page of my daddy and I from a previous Dance Marathon, you can see what life and love and passion he carried with him wherever he was. He has inspired me to bring light into the lives of others when they are struggling or have lost hope. He's the reason I will be standing for 24 hours and he's the reason that I'm fighting so hard for patients and families in N.C. Children's Hospital.
I appreciate your donations more than you know. Not only because I love this cause and it’s going to help patients and families through grants that we fund, but also because it’s helping me to bring happiness and love into the lives of others, just like my daddy taught me. You can donate straight from the website by pushing the donate button on the page. You can also mail donations to P.O. Box 628, Chapel Hill N.C., 27514 and make checks out to UNC Dance Marathon.
If you would like to learn more about UNC Dance Marathon or read about the grants that we funded this past year, visit uncmarathon.org.