Together Today: For the kids

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Dance Marathon 2017


Four years ago, I joined Dance Marathon at LSU as a confused freshman, not really sure what I was getting myself into.

Now, I can’t help but think how different my college experience would be if I did not have that one friend who encouraged me to join this student organization. In those four years, I have been a part of various committees, leading me to currently serve as the executive director.

When you think of college students, I’m sure you do not think about hundreds of them coming together to raise money for kids they will not ever meet. I’m sure you do not think about them dancing and standing for 26.2 hours either. Well, that is what LSU students and students all over the country are doing each year, for the kids.

For The Kids is more than just a tagline. It is a phrase that members of our organization live by. Dance Marathon at LSU is the campus’s largest philanthropic organization whose members donate their time and efforts to raise funds and awareness for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. We dedicate hours of our time to ensure that every single one of the 110,000 patients treated at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital receives the best possible care.

Over the last four years, Dance Marathon at LSU has raised over $770,000, and this year we are looking to break the $1 million mark. We can’t do it alone though.

On Wednesday, January 31, Dance Marathon will be hosting its annual “Together Today” event, where we aim to raise $60,000 in just 24 hours.

You read that right: $60,000 in 24 hours.

We are looking to the Baton Rouge community to help us reach that goal, for the kids. The pediatric patients at Our Lady of the Lake did not ask to get sick. They did not ask to spend their birthday in the hospital. With your support, our hope is that through Dance Marathon at LSU, we can be a positive and influential organization on not only the patients treated, but also on our entire community. We are asking for your help on January 31!

To donate, please visit lsu.edu/dancemarathon and click donate.


About Alyssa

Alyssa - Photo Alyssa Camet serves as executive director of Dance Marathon at LSU this year. She is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Child and Family Studies. Alyssa has served in various roles during her four years with Dance Marathon at LSU including dancer, morale captain and hospital relations director.
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