Making Miracles with Marjory Stoneman Douglas Dance Marathon

 Photo taken from Dance Marathon at MSD Facebook page.

Photo taken from Dance Marathon at MSD Facebook page.

Dance Marathon has always been about making a difference. Making a difference in a community, making a difference in the lives of a family, making a difference in the life of a child. This past weekend, the children’s miracle network hospital nation watched as Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school banded together an entire community to make an incredible difference in the lives of thousands.
 
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, hundreds of students, alumni and faculty at MSD stood in honor of the kids who can’t. This inaugural event was a long time coming. Originally planned for February 21, 2018, the students had to postpone the event in the aftermath of the tragic shooting that occurred on February 14, 2018. That tragic day took the lives of 17 of their classmates and instilled within the survivors an incredible desire to make a difference in their community, nation and world. On Saturday, these incredible students did indeed make a difference. They surpassed their original goal of $12,000 by over $54,000 and at the end of their 5-hour dance marathon, these students and their community had raised over $66,000 for children being treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.
 
We at UGA Miracle are so incredibly inspired and proud of the students at MSD for their commitment, heart and passion for this cause. It was a truly amazing experience to watch the entirety of the CMNH band together to support MSD in its inaugural dance marathon. We are so happy to have been able to support them by sending sellable UGA Miracle merchandise as well as sending encouraging words and support. It was an honor to stand behind them and watch them achieve miracles. We cannot express how much this mini-marathon means to us and our CMNH community.
 
The students of MSD stood for so much more than just the kids. They stood for their 17 classmates who will never stand again, and for the hope that never again will any child have to fight for their life. This is why we have mini-marathons, this is why we spend countless hours fundraising and connecting with our miracle families. We do it to make a difference. We do it to change lives.

From UGA Miracle to MSD Dance Marathon, congratulations on an incredible and inspiring inaugural dance marathon. Your resilience, strength and passion motivate us to courageously pursue impossible goals, continually push past inconceivable obstacles and be confident in our ability to make an incredible difference. Thank you for the inspiration and thank you for making miracles.