Rutgers Dance Marathon, New Jersey’s largest student-run philanthropic event, raised a record breaking $622,533.98 this year for the non-medical needs of kids with cancer and blood disorders, on behalf of Embrace Kids Foundation.
There’s only so much we can say about Rutgers Dance Marathon. Take a look at the above slideshow to see some of our favorite moments from this year’s marathon.
But RUDM is so much more than your run-of-the-mill charity event. The entire marathon is organized and executed by devoted student volunteers. These students are juggling classes, extra-curricular activities, jobs, internships, and their own personal lives; but all that takes a backseat when RUDM comes around. Students, faculty, and families are all dedicated to the cause of helping to make the lives of children (and their families) just a bit easier.
Over the course of the 30-hour marathon, participants have no shortage of activities to take part in. From bands and student performances, to arts and crafts, movies, and everything in between; no one has the opportunity to even think about being bored.
Dancers, volunteers, and participants alike are united in hope. Hope that their efforts can help, even just a little, in taking the burdens of the shoulders of those less fortunate. It’s truly a sight to see an entire community come together as a family to benefit these children and their families.
The Rutgers Dance Marathon credo explains it best: Families First. Everything Counts. Surrender Yourself.
To learn more about Embrace Kids Foundation, or if you’d like to make a donation, visit their website: http://www.embracekids.org/
To learn more about Rutgers Dance Marathon, visit their website: http://marathon.rutgers.edu/