“We don’t want to grow up, We’re for the Shands kids!”
This Peter Pan mentality is not rare on college campuses. However, these words refer to Dance Marathon at the University of Florida’s 18th birthday this spring. The 18th annual DM at UF will be held March 31-April 1, 2012 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. DM at UF is the most successful student run philanthropy in the southeastern United States. In the last 17 years, it has raised more than $4.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Shands Hospital for Children at UF, including a record-breaking $713,000 last year alone.
Dance Marathon at UF is a yearlong commitment from more than 1,500 students to raise money and awareness for CMN at Shands. It culminates with the weekend celebration where more than 800 dancers stay awake and on their feet for 26.2 hours. Miracle families, who have survived remarkable odds to overcome their illness or injury with the help of Shands, share their stories during the event to inspire each student dancer. All of the money raised directly benefits the children being treated by UF physicians at Shands and helps to fund life-saving technology, diversionary materials and pediatric research.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.floridadm.org.