Press Release for Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
More than 200 University
of North Florida students
will be dancing the night away in the UNF Arena for 18 straight hours to
support pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s
Hospital. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, and will continue
through noon the following day.
annual Dance Marathon is aimed at supporting the Children’s Miracle Network of
Jacksonville/Brunswick. Funds raised by the Dance Marathon are used to purchase
critically needed medical equipment, child life resources and educational
materials for these hospitals. The
event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to make a donation,
which will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network of Jacksonville/Brunswick.
who have been raising money to support the event, will enjoy music, dancing, games
and competitions throughout the night. Special guests, including Miracle
Children, who have been treated at either Shands Jacksonville or Wolfson
Children’s Hospital, will also share their stories throughout the evening to
motivate the participants.
Dance Marathon’s first year, UNF students successfully raised more than
$19,000. “I’m confident that UNF students can surpass this amount and make
Dance Marathon a major event on campus,” said UNF student Sammie Robins, president
of Dance Marathon, a member of the University’s student-run Club Alliance.
Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving
the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year, over 170 Children’s Miracle
Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and
preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries
of every kind. Locally, Children’s Miracle Network of Jacksonville/Brunswick
benefits the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s
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