Purdue University Dance Marathon. These four words have a different meaning for every individual that experiences it in their life. For me it means hope. It means family. It means passion, and courage, and love. Purdue University Dance Marathon isn’t simply another student organization to just help network and grow. It is the culminating effort of hundreds of students dedicating their free time to help children fighting for their lives, to make friends that will last a lifetime, and to grow as a leader in ways they never thought possible. We raise money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, but it's so much more than that. 100% of our donations go directly to the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research to help learn about and search for potential cures to terminal illnesses and diseases, specifically pediatric cancer. The first $100,000 dollars raised goes towards Riley’s “Child Life” program which helps the children live their lives as kids despite their condition. It offers an escape from reality and helps the kids find joy in what can be a scary time. What we do saves lives. It keeps families together. It builds hope for a better future where no parent will ever have to lose a child again. Today we dance for a cure because soon we will dance in celebration. I am blessed to be the 2019 Morale Executive for this upcoming dance marathon. I will be teaching, leading, and inspiring 100 of the most wild, energetic, loving, and passionate people I have ever met. 3 years ago, I was a scared and confused dancer that had no idea what a dance marathon even was. Today I have the privilege and honor to rally my moralers and lead the people most dear to me in life. I’ve taken the vow to do everything I can to help these kids and I cannot think of a better way to spend my next year. Jimmy Valvano once said, “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.” I can honestly say that PUDM is my “something special”. PUDM is my everything at Purdue and has impacted my life forever. Now how is PUDM going to make an impact for you?
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