Tonight a few friends and I went to Cold Stone Creamery in downtown Holland and got some delicious ice cream, all the while raising money for Dance Marathon. My RA, Danae, is involved in Dance Marathon, so I asked her a few questions about it to give you all a little background.
Q: What is Dance Marathon?
A: It is a 24-hour event at Hope College. You have to be on your feet for 24 hours. It’s through Children’s Miracle Network and we donate to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. There is a line dancing portion of the night. It is the biggest student group on Hope’s campus and we’ve raised over a million dollars in the past 15 years. There are dancers and moralers and many ways to get involved. Miracle families that are involved come to the marathon and speak. Y’all know you’re gonna be there!
Q: Why did you decide to get so involved with it?
A: I’m passionate about planning events and helping those that need help. When you see and meet these miracle families you realize the strength of what they have to go through and it’s really eye-opening for college students. If I could do Dance Marathon for the rest of my life, I’d be a happy camper. *starts dancing*
Q: What is the best part of being in Dance Marathon?
A: The families. This summer one of the miracle families had a five-year cancer-free party and I got to go to that. Getting to see these experiences on a personal level and seeing the impact you can have on your community is the best part.
To finish off, here are a few more pictures from our night!
Dance Marathon is March 7th and 8th this year. I hope you can contribute in some way!
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