During my college days, I was actively involved with two organizations on campus:
I put incredible time and effort into both of these organizations and found different passions through both of them. They took up almost all of my spare time, but it never felt like “work” or an obligation because I had whole-heartedly fallen in love with them both.
For those who may not know, Dance Marathon is movement that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals around the country (and also in Canada, holla to those Canadian DMs). High schools and colleges hold Dance Marathon events throughout the year to raise money for kids and families who need it the very most.
Before we get started, let’s address some common misconceptions:
There’s one thing in life that I love the way I love my sorority, and it’s Dance Marathon. And here’s why you feel the same way too.
We’re Greek- we know what philanthropy is. Now imagine Greek philanthropies… basically on steroids. Dance Marathon is huge on a lot of campuses. Nearly 2,000 students participate at Ball State and many schools see higher numbers than that. There’s entertainment acts and games, food and music, and plenty of really solid Instagram photo ops at any Dance Marathon event. Not to mention, the hospitals that Dance Marathon events raise money for are incredible. It’s likely that you’ll have the opportunity to meet families from the hospital that you’re raising money for as well. Hearing their stories make the night incredibly special and inspiring. DM is a huge event with both Greeks and non-Greeks and it’s incredible to watch everyone come together for the same cause.
I have met some of the most wonderful people I know thanks to Dance Marathon. Everyone I know who’s involved with this cause has a huge heart and passion for helping others which I think are some pretty top notch qualities in a friend, am I right? Not to mention you’ll make connections with some courageous kids and wonderful families who will inspire you every single day.
Now, before I dive too far in here, this cause isn’t something you should join just to build your resume. You should have a genuine passion for helping better the lives of children and ending childhood illness. However, it can spice up your resume a bit too. I’ve been on 3 different committees for Dance Marathon and was fortunate enough to serve on the executive board last year. But my passion for this organization is what drove me to take on these leadership roles and in turn my resume is a little longer, not the other way around.
Who doesn’t love knowing what they’re doing day in and day out is helping someone else? Seeing the smiles on kids’ faces and seeing the impact you’re making is so heart warming. Few things are better than getting donations to your online fundraising page or canning at the mall and watching people drop $20 in your bucket. Every penny you raise is helping save a life.
Before I got involved with Dance Marathon, I took a lot for granted. I wasn’t the happiest with some aspects of my life. I really felt like something was missing and that I could be doing more. I’ll never forget the moment it all clicked. It was at my first marathon. I sat back listening to a family tell their story about why Riley Hospital for Children was such a special place for them. I realized in that moment that my life was actually pretty great and that Dance Marathon was in fact the “something more” that I needed. Since that day, I look through life with a new set of eyes. I can’t explain the feeling of watching a total reveal at a DM event. Watching the numbers go up and seeing a year of hard work come together in the form of $502,103.22 all raised For The Kids is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. And trust me, you’ll cry. But you’ll cry for the best reasons.
Dance Marathon is a special movement unlike any other. I can promise you that DM can and will greatly impact your life if you let it. Find your passion. Find your calling. For The Kids.