Fall in Athens is full of beginnings, and a lot of these beginnings are filled with hype and renditions of “Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia®.” But at UGA® Miracle, our rendition of “Glory, Glory®” is filled with not only hype but hope.
The UGA® Miracle Fall Kick Off happened earlier this week, but in case you missed it, we wanted to share with you a little bit about what we do.
UGA® Miracle is a student-run philanthropy that benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Our goal is to raise money and awareness through our events like Dance Marathon for CHOA’s Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. But more than that, we have the unique opportunity to build relationships and become personally affected by the Miracles that happen at CHOA.
Let’s stop here for a second: UGA® Miracle is the state of Georgia's largest student-run philanthropic organization, and we’re telling you that you will become personally affected by the stories you’ll hear and the people you’ll meet. We know that’s a bold statement to make, but we’re pretty confident about it. And we can prove it to you in two ways.
Firstly, you will become personally affected and inspired by the UGA® students, your peers, who are involved with UGA® Miracle. Not only will these people be the most excited and lively you’ll meet (they really know how to boost your morale, if you know what we mean), but their personal stories will inspire you and call you to action.
Take Quinn Evans, for example. A current Assistant Chair on the Leadership Team, Quinn loves giving her time and effort to UGA® Miracle because, in her own words CHOA “gave me so much. It gave me my second chance.” Quinn was hospitalized for 31 days in Atlanta-based Miracle Network Hospitals, for the most part rehabilitating from brain trauma and paralysis in the CIRU at Scottish Rite. Quinn states, “I wouldn’t be able to stand up here and say all of these things to you guys if it weren’t for all the donations from organizations like this one. The first million that we raised last year went to the CIRU at Scottish Rite, which is how I am able to stand here today.” Joining UGA® Miracle means being personally affected by your peers, like Quinn, whose stories will inspire you. (To hear the rest of Quinn’s story, click here.)
Secondly, you will be personally affected by the families that UGA Miracle has the opportunity to partner with. At our events, like Dance Marathon, you get to hear real people talking about real ways that CHOA and UGA Miracle have provided hope and stability in their difficult times. (To hear the Seagraves Family story from Kick Off and to understand the “Glory, Glory®” reference from earlier, click here.)
So now, the question is NOT do you want to get involved. We talked to a bunch of you after kick off, and we know you want to. You’re HYPED about Dance Marathon and having the opportunity to get involved with an organization that has so much positive impact on campus and beyond. (Those are your words, not ours.)
The question is how do you get involved.
Clicking here will take you to our website where you can read more about the ins and outs of UGA Miracle.
Clicking here will take you to a video that gives you a quick look at what you can expect from Dance Marathon.
Clicking here will take you to the application page, complete with all the information you need to find your place in UGA Miracle.
Clicking here will take you to the video from this year's kick off.
We are so excited to start this year with you all, here’s a pic of your smiling faces!