My daughter Lindsey and I have a lot of things in common. We have the same sense of humor, we have similar tastes in music, and we both participate in marathons. I run for 26.2 miles while Lindsey stands on her feet for 26.2 hours.
Lindsey is a senior at my alma matter, the University of Florida, and every year she participates in an event called Dance Marathon. She, and 800 other students, stay awake and on their feet for 26.2 hours to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network for Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. She stands for the kids who can’t stand for themselves. The kids she stands for are those like Nate. Nate is a 4-year old with a smile that can light up a room and LOVES Dance Marathon. A boy who was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease when he was one-year old and who needs a G-tube to make sure he’s getting the proper nutrition and an oxygen tank at all times to make sure he’s breathing. Kids like Nate, who wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Dance Marathon.
Dance Marathon is considered the most successful student-run philanthropy in the southeastern United States. Honestly, do you expect anything less coming from UF?
Over the past three years, she has raised over $1,500 for the cause and I am so proud of the passion she has for the cause. She literally talks about it everyday; with your support, you can help her make a difference. It would mean the world to her, and when she’s happy, I’m happy.