Transform Today 2016

How Has Dance Marathon at the University of Florida Transformed You?



“Dance Marathon has helped me realize the utmost importance of helping others in our lifetime. This year being an Overall has given me the opportunity to make miracles happen For The Kids at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital every day. I used to volunteer in the hospital, and I used to think of it as a weekly thing, but because of Dance Marathon, I become not just support, but also an advocate for these children and their families.” – Joey Whelihan, Recruitment Overall


Assistant Director

“DM has given me a new outlook on life where I appreciate things I otherwise may have taken for granted. It has taught me that when a group of people come together for an important cause, anything is possible. Most importantly it has shown me that miracles are possible and I am so lucky that DM has given me the opportunity to help make them happen.” -Madison Eouse Assistant Director of Special Tasks for Morale



“I live each day with the same quote in the back of my head, “One day we will dance in celebration, until then, we will dance for a cure.” Since becoming a part of Dance Marathon, I wake up each day with a new perspective on life knowing that I am making a difference by being a part of such an amazing cause. It is not how much you do, but how much love you give with what you do. To have the ability to even effect one family’s life through this philanthropic event makes my life more fulfilled. Dance Marathon has taught me to not be selfish, but to walk around with open arms and hands helping everyone I come in contact with. The miracle children have given me a renewed reason to live and motivate me to always have a smile on my face. Overall, Dance Marathon has transformed me into a more selfless, devoted individual, and I hope it continues to impact the lives of individuals worldwide.” – Alyssa DiMauro, Fundraising Captain

“Dance Marathon was the first event that I participated in once I got to UF. Being a delegate helped me become a better leader and helped me become more passionate about philanthropy. Meeting kids like Owen makes me feel great that our work makes a difference in the kids’ lives.” – Steven Paek, Delegate

“Not getting involved with DM last year was one of my biggest regrets because all I ever heard was how incredible it was. This year I was so excited to becoming a part of the Emerging Leaders Program and already it has surpassed my greatest expectations. These children are absolutely incredible, and really do look up to us in every way possible. Some don’t even know we’re saving their lives, but they’re just happy to have someone to play with. Dance Marathon has already impacted me so much and I am so lucky to go to a school that takes it so seriously and has such a great passion for Children’s Miracle Network.” – Garett Scott, ELP



“DM means getting a chance to make a difference. As a dancer last year, I was able to meet a miracle child who changed my whole outlook on life. As she passed a ball back and forth, she stopped and looked at me for a moment and then hugged me and said thank you. In that moment I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life. DM has made me so appreciative of everything life has given me and makes me want to strive to be the best person I can be.” – Emily DiNardi, Dancer
In the next 26.2 hours, we are trying to raise $262,000 For The Kids at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital! If you’d like to contribute to our incredible cause, visit