Saturday, February 19, 2011

Dance Marathon 2011

"There's a little bit of insanity in dancing that does everyone a great deal of good"

It's that time of year again! It's that one day in which UGA students come together to give back for 24 straight hours. It's 24 hours filled with a morale dance, numerous performances, food and fun! That's right it's UGA Miracle's Dance Marathon.

I have been a part of Miracle for the last two years. Last year I was really involved and raised well over my goal for fundraising. When it came time for Dance Marathon, I was a little hesitant about how I was going to stay up all night, but the DGs made a great team and stuck it out. I will never forget the closing ceremonies in which the total fundraising amount was announced and we all got to cut off our hospital bracelets because we had given 24 hours of our busy lives to the kids! I was literally in tears and knew that those 24 hours had forever changed how I view the world.

This year, my life has changed a little bit. I am more involved with Delta Gamma, Habitat for Humanity and my school work. I also have a job that prevented me from attending the Team Member meetings for Miracle last semester. I have been out of touch with Miracle for the whole year, but I knew that I needed to show up at Dance Marathon to show my support. I got up this morning and treked on over to Tate. As soon as I walked in the door, every memory from last year came flooding back. Those 24 hours in which I heard from numerous children about how they beat their illnesses...continually hearing that they would not be alive if it weren't for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Children's Miracle Network. Throughout the past two years I have met numerous people who are Miracle children. This program has been going on for years and you never realize how many people it affects until you start talking to others.

I regret not being more involved with Miracle this year. I have been fortunate that no one in my family has had to use the services of Children's Healthcare but I have learned through Miracle that no one knows what tomorrow is going to bring. UGA's efforts are making a difference daily in the lives of children and I will be forever greatful that I had the opportunity see our efforts pay off. I wish that I didn't have to study for a test this afternoon or try to sleep off whatever sickness is dragging me down. I would love to be at the marathon dancing the night away with children who have gone through so much more than me in such a short period of time.

I can't say enough about the impact of 24 hours. Next year will be different. I will once again be at Dance Marathon for the whole 24 hours in order to show my support. I am thinking about all the people who are there now and praying that their experience is just as worthwhile as mine was last year!

No matter where my life leads me I will always remember the impact that UGA Miracle and Children's Miracle Network has on the UGA's campus and the rest of the world. I will always be FTK (For The Kids)!!! 

"Miracles happen to those who believe in them" 

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