Back in 1997, during my sophomore year, I joined a team of University of Michigan students to start something new on campus -- a philanthropy with a lofty goal of making both a difference for children in Southeastern Michigan and also for the broader campus community. After nearly a year of planning, the first Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan (DMUM) kicked off on February 7, 1998 for a 30-hour ride and a lifelong journey.
I have championed DMUM over the past twenty (20) years in support of its mission of raising funds and awareness for pediatric rehabilitation programs at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor and Beaumont Children’s in Royal Oak, MI. The therapies DMUM sponsors gives children who have experienced trauma the unique opportunities to participate in activities that lets them be kids. Over the years I have served in varying levels of leadership for the organization while I was a Michigan student and have participated as an alumni adviser since graduation. But in all these years of activity with DMUM, there is one thing I have never done -- danced!
Last year, a great article was published about Dance Marathon in "Michigan Today," an alumni newsletter. I was fortunate to take part in the article and shared that dancing at Dance Marathon was on my personal bucket list. [Click here to read the article.]
I am very grateful that on March 25, 2017, in celebration of the 20th Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan, I will be crossing that item off my list and will be standing for 24 consecutive hours with over 1,000 Michigan students to support the children and families who benefit directly from the programs DMUM sponsors!
Please consider helping me to reach my goal of $2,000 (also, my graduation year) for the kids!