The 19th annual UNC Dance Marathon, presented by Carolina FTK, took place from March 24-25. Over 1,000 students stood for the 24-hour event held in Fetzer Gym on UNC’s campus. Carolina FTK is the largest student-run philanthropic organization in North Carolina and works year-round to benefit the patients and families served by UNC Children’s.
“It is so very humbling to see how much money the Carolina community raised for Carolina For The Kids,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Brown. “The $420,062.95 means so much more than a monetary amount and that is why we do what we do. It stands for the patients and families that we will be able to help at UNC Children’s.”
The funds raised from this year’s Marathon will support initiatives at the hospital, including the For the Kids Fund, Parents Night Out and Critical Program Areas. The For the Kids Fund, Carolina FTK’s flagship grant, is used to cover costs incurred by families during hospitalization that are otherwise not paid for by insurance. Parents Night Out allows Carolina FTK to serve hot and healthy meals to parents and families at UNC Children’s every Tuesday night. Critical Program Areas fund programs such as Carolina Conexiones, The Children’s Play Atrium and Promise Grants.
“We’re so excited to have been able to raise such a large amount of money,” said Publicity Chair Jacob Blount. “But more importantly, we are very excited to continue to have the ability to directly impact and change the lives of so many people who are going through some of the toughest times of their lives.”
“The Dance Marathon is the biggest event of the year for our organization, but our fundraising efforts are year round,” said Brown. “It was great to see the UNC community come together around one cause and stand for the kids after months of work to achieve the most funds possible for the patients and families."