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Dance, Dance, Dance at The Clemson University Dance Marathon

Article posted on Tuesday, March, 8th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

This past week-end we were invited to attend a Dance Marathon for The Children’s Miracle Network at Clemson University.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement, involving college and high school students at over 150 schools across the country who raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in their community.

Last Year Dance Marathons raised over $6 million dollars for local children’s hospitals. And that is pretty amazing!

We arrived at CU at 5:00 pm on Friday Evening but the dancing didn’t stop until almost 9:00am the next morning.  Neely’s coach turned into a pumpkin shortly after mid-night so we caught a few zzz’s at the local Courtyard Marriott before heading back to finish out the party early on Saturday.

I’m not sure what I expected when we arrived, but words really can not describe the overwhelming enthusiasm and generosity that we felt from the students there.  There were over 350 dancers and a constant stream of entertainment to keep everyone energized and on there feet. (I have to admit though – it didn’t seem like they needed much help!)

Neely was dazzled by a beautiful Snow White that stayed by her side to color, play balloon toss, and have loads of fun.

She danced on stage, ran with the CU Tiger, was entertained by a former Miss Clemson, Susannah White, and very literally had “the time of her life.”

And Ava had her share of the spotlight too breaking out her hula-hoop to entertain the crowd and making friends with a sweet little girl from another Miracle Family.

Not only did this amazing group of students raise over $26,000 for GHS Children’s Hospital, they gave our family a night of memories that we will never forget.

Standing in a room full of college students chanting “FOR THE KIDS” knowing that while they could have chosen to do a million other things with their Friday night, they chose to be with us.  Together we danced for the children who may have yet to be diagnosed, but who stand a better chance of survival because of what was accomplished on that night.

I’m so proud to be part of The Children’s Miracle Network. I’m so proud to be part of The Clemson University Dance Marathon. And I’m so thankful for the Greenville Children’s Hospital.




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