With Dance Marathon just a short 30 days away, the Miracle Body is getting excited about the potential impact that the days leading up to this singular event can have on the lifetimes of the people involved. And in case you missed it, unleashing the potential of UGA Miracle is the theme of Dance Marathon this year. “Miracles Beyond Measure” means striving toward excellence, not bound by numbers, what we think we can do, or even what we’ve done in the past. Because our cause and our families are so much more than just numbers, this year, there’s no numerical goal for our fundraising for CHOA. This year, our goal is to focus on the things that truly matter: the things that can’t be quantified.
To announce this goal and the theme for this year’s Dance Marathon, the media team and the Executive Board created a heart-driven video and presentation that more clearly illustrates the idea of “Miracles Beyond Measure.”
The video, which can be found here, compares the heart behind Miracle to our hearts behind Dawgs Football – we don’t let our defeat measure us, and we don’t let our victory measure us either. Defeat and victory, according to the video, “are not what matter most, what matters most cannot be measured.”
To follow up the video, Executive Director Maddie Dill and External Director Heather Bailer shared the executive perspective behind Miracles Beyond Measure. In coming up with the theme, they got to reflect on how much Miracle has meant to them in all the intangible and immeasurable ways.
Heather passionately spoke about her time with Miracle, and she talked about the great potential that Dance Marathon can have, both numerically and otherwise. “But,” she claims, “there’s so much danger in becoming an organization that is purely transactional because that’s just simply not who we are.” She thinks Miracle’s foundation and reputation is better represented by the immeasurable things the organization can offer: memories, people, and hard work. “And at the end of the day,” she claims, “any dollar that you raised is a dollar that went towards creating a miracle.”
Maddie spoke about focusing on the intangible and immeasurable things of UGA Miracle, but she also spoke about how focusing on these things also means focusing on individual goals. She says Miracle’s goal isn’t about numbers. She says, “Our goal is for all of you to shoot for the stars. Set your own goals and go after them.” The driving force behind Miracle is the passion behind the goals, and Miracle’s success is determined by this passion and drive. Maddie realizes this and told the Miracle body on Tuesday that the passion for the intangible things is “the reason we’ve had so much success numerically in the past. That’s why we decided to have this theme, ‘Miracles Beyond Measure’ because you can’t really quantify all the amazing things that we’re going to do in the next 30 days.”
UGA Miracle isn’t scared of a numerical goal. We have decided to do something unprecedented and reach for things that can’t be quantified instead, which is even more scary. We are only limited by the boundaries we set for ourselves. And this year, we aren’t allowing a number to be one of those boundaries.
The sky's the limit -- your sky, your limit. So, reach for Miracles Beyond Measure for the next 30 days.