CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The 2016 UNC Dance Marathon raised $614,717 for the patients and
families of UNC Children’s, the most in UNCDM history. This year’s total also allowed Carolina For The Kids Foundation to break the $5 million mark for its overall total. Since its inception since 1999, CFTK has now raised more than $5.4 million.
The 18th annual Marathon, which took place from April 12, was presented by Carolina FTK. CFTK is the largest studentrun philanthropic organization in North Carolina and works year-round to benefit the patients and families served by UNC Children’s.
“Setting a new record for fundraising this year is incredibly exciting that’s a number that reflects the impact we will be able to make for the patients and families at UNC Children’s,” said CFTK Executive Director Meagan Barger.
“But what this organization has accomplished this year is also so much more than just that number. The interaction at Parents’ Night Out, the schools in the area that became involved in our cause and threw a mini dance marathon, the community and support that’s what I want people to take away from this year.”
The funds raised from this year’s Marathon will support initiatives at the hospital, including the building of an offsite pediatric primary care clinic. Carolina FTK has pledged $2.5 million toward this project, which will provide care to patients from all 100 counties of North Carolina and parts of southern Virginia. A temporary clinic site is already in operation.
“Having such a great year of fundraising will definitely help us in the process of building a new primary care clinic for UNC Children’s” said Barger. “As our largest project, it’s exciting that we are well on our way to making it a reality.”