When I began my time at the University of Texas, I knew I wanted to get more involved in my community and the helping of others. I had been involved in some community service work in high school, but I told myself that once I was in college I would find one place where I could put my effort and truly make a difference.
My first step toward reaching this goal was to find an organization that could provide me with the service opportunities that could guide me to the place I knew I could really impact. My second semester at UT I was initiated into the Texas Lassos. Similar to a sorority, Texas Lassos is an all-girls organization that places emphasis on friendship, school tradition, and, most importantly, service to our community.
Dance Marathon is a service event held at universities nationwide to raise money for children’s hospitals under the Children’s Miracle Network. The idea is that the “dancers” raise money while pledging to stand on their feet for a certain amount of time. At UT, it is 12 hours, but it can range anywhere from 6-24 hours depending on the school. Some students say this is a physical feat they do not wish to endure. The dancers that choose to do it recognize that they are standing in honor of all the kids that wish they were healthy enough to stand for even an hour.
I was introduced to this event through Lassos, as our girls are highly involved. I immediately fell in love with the cause and decided this was where I was going to make my difference. My first year with the event, I raised $675 and claimed the spot as top fundraiser. I thoroughly enjoyed the 12-hour event, feeling pure joy with the difference I could make. I knew I had to get more involved.
This year, my junior year in college and second year with the event, I am on the executive board as one of the sponsorship chairs. This position has not only given me the opportunity to get more involved with the actual day of the event, but I have been able to take a deeper look into the cause we are supporting. I’ve heard the Miracle families talk about their sick children and the adversity their family has faced. I’ve seen the amazing things Dell Children’s Hospital, the hospital UT dancers raise money for, does to ensure that the children within its walls do not lose their childhood to their injury or disease.
So I am asking for your help. Any little amount of money can make a difference in a child’s life, and just knowing that there are people out there willing to help is what keeps these Miracle families going every day. Visit my fundraising page here. Every dollar counts. And if you feel the need, I would appreciate this message being passed on in any way possible. You can do your part, too.
For the kids,
Texas Lassos at Dance Marathon 2010
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