"Legacy. What is a legacy? It's planting seeds in a garden you never get to see."
This year we aim to carry the legacy of Purdue, our friend Tyler, and the countless other Boilermakers who have made a difference on our campus and beyond through our yearlong campaign, "Live The Legacy". We think back to the Boilermakers like Neil Armstrong who shook the world with their bravery and innovation.We think of Boilermakers, like Tyler Trent, who showed us what it means to be a Purdue fan, what it means to have a purpose and what it means to be grateful. We think about Boilermakers like Travis Stoutenborough who started PUDM in honor of a friend lost too soon. We think of the boilermakers of the future. What will they accomplish? How will they get to make a difference?
This year, I am honored to serve as the Vice President of External Affairs for Purdue University Dance Marathon and I get to serve beside some of the most inspirational and astounding people I have ever met. I am so excited that this will be my 3rd dance marathon here at Purdue. I started PUDM as a way to get involved my freshman year and could not have imagined ending up where I am today. I am motivated and inspired by this cause every day and it has lead me to want to become a Pediatric Audiologist in a children's hospital, hopefully a Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
My job is to recruit members to PUDM, but I cannot lose sight of why we all joined in the first place. The root of our mission is to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and to give kids the chance to follow in a legacy, to create their own legacy.
The research being done at Riley gives kids a fighting chance. We may not get to see all the seeds we sow. We may not get to see the impact of our funding in a week, in a year, or in a lifetime, but we keep the hope that it will make a difference.
Please consider donating to PUDM this year and help leave your legacy, as we hope to leave ours. One day, a Boilermaker won't have to turn down their acceptance letter because they are too ill to attend. One day, friends won't be gone too soon.
One day, we will dance in celebration...until then, we will dance for CURE.