On the evening of April 4, 40 students gathered in the Burrow (Jupiter’s Student Union) to partake in the First Annual Dance Marathon event on the MacArthur Campus of Florida Atlantic University. Many were already sporting their ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ tank tops, ready to dance the night away in honor of the patients at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL.
The event began with Mrs. Elizabeth Rhodes, an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), telling the story of her daughter’s battle with brain cancer, and how CMN helped her daughter, and their family, adjust to living in a new place and face such a diagnosis. CMN, as she said, improved their quality of life.
At 6:00 pm, the dancing began. Owsley made an appearance, motivating the participants to ‘dance their hoot out,’ and added to the overall fun nature of the event. During each hour, the musical genre changed, and included genres like Top 40 hits, Latin and Swing, and even Classic Hits from the 70s and 80s. This kept the crowd excited, and ready to dance for 6 hours.
By the end of the evening, more than 50 people passed through the doors. We earned $125 that night alone, for a total of $450 that went directly to Shands Hospital. I am incredibly proud of the students that attended this event, and putting the needs of others before themselves. Moreover, I am pleased to announce that this program will continue to be held on the MacArthur Campus for years to come, and will become a traditional program for Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement.
Peace and love,