At DemonTHON2012, the first 24-hour student-run Dance Marathon at DePaul, many stood, cried, and made a difference in hundreds of children's lives just by standing for those that couldn't. Now, you're probably wondering what a "dance marathon" is. In this case, the dance marathon is a 24 hour marathon of dance where college students around the nation stand for an ENTIRE day all to raise money for local children's hospitals around the country (in my case the Lurie Children's Hospital recently known as Children's Memorial) while changing lives along the way.
Last year, we raised $103,700.28 - beating the first-year Dance Marathon record by almost $40k! When that number flashed across the screen, lives were changed forever. It showed many that a single person, a group of college students, and a passion for the greater good of our community could help create miracles and memories for the kids at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
DemonTHON brings the DePaul community together, fulfilling the "something bigger than ourselves" feeling that we all search for. I am so proud to be a part of starting a connection between our campus and the Chicago community in this way.
The mission of the hospital and of DePaul University are aligned in outreach and service to a vulnerable population. DemonTHON is an opportunity for students to bring joy to kids with pediatric illnesses; an opportunity to live our Vincentian values by standing for kids who can't.
This year, the Big Event is on May 10 & 11 from 5pm to 5pm. I cannot wait to participate in this amazing journey!