On February 23rd, UGA Miracle will host its 24th annual Dance Marathon. It is a 24 hour event from February 23rd at 10 am to February 24th at 10 am benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It is a celebration of everything UGA Miracle has accomplished for the kids throughout the year and is located in the Tate Student Center. Miracle is hoping to raise $1.3 million this year and their grand total will be revealed at Dance Marathon! Miracle children, those who are currently being treated at Children’s or have been treated, attend the event with their families and join in on the fun!
Throughout the year there are many ways that Miracle members raise money to reach their goals including posting on social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. One of their biggest fundraising days is $100 day where each member strives to hit that goal in 24 hours! Many do this through their social posts and Venmo requesting friends and family a few dollars at a time to inch towards this goal. Last year, Miracle raised over $1.2 million and hopes to surpass that this year!
In my opinion, Dance Marathon is their biggest and most inspiring event of the year. There is something for everyone at Dance Marathon this year including Laser Tag, Silent Disco, and a Rave! There is also local entertainment from musicians, UGA cheerleaders, and even a hypnotist! Since it is a 24 hour long event, of course there will be food, provided by Chick-Fil-A, Tazikis, and Alpha Gamma Rho BBQ. While all of that is good and fun, you might be wondering what you can do to help at the event. One way is to participate in the Hair Chop Challenge! You can donate 8 inches + of your hair for a good cause! I find the Hair Chop Challenge to be one of the most inspiring parts of Dance Marathon. The hair goes to Children With Hair Loss which is the only non-profit that gives wigs to children dealing with hair loss for free! Every year the amount of children requesting their hair replacements increases and Dance Marathon strives to contribute to this growing number. It is an amazing way to get involved and do something that really makes a difference.
I hope I have convinced you of the magic of UGA Miracle’s Dance Marathon and I encourage you all to register. You can always donate to the cause too! Join in on the celebration and excitement here!