In preparation for the most wonderful weekend of the year, dancers and fundraisers, both new and old, came together through January 23 – 29 to celebrate Rally Week. Rally Week served as the perfect reminder of what our purpose is and who we do it all for during madness that comes with the start of a new semester.
We kicked off the week with a Registration Rally. Dancers are the heart of everything we do! Recently, dancer registration opened up for the spring semester. Even though there are already a recording breaking number of teams and dancers registered for Dance Marathon 2017, we cannot wait to welcome even more Miracle Makers into the DM Family.
On Tuesday, we threw a Rally for Powie, a fun, loving, 4-year-old miracle child. She was born with a mitochondrial disease, but that hasn’t stopped her from dancing or doing everything she can to make her friends smile. During the rally, fundraisers and dancers set out to raise $42. This amount of money represents the $42,000 that it costs to employ a Child Life Specialist. These specialists work hard to help children and families cope while they are staying at Shands.
“A Child Life Specialist changes any child’s life that walks into a hospital. They are the ones that get on the child’s level and explains to them what a doctor or a nurse is going to do to them in a way that they can understand,” Samantha Caulfield, a Morale Captain and aspiring Child Life Specialist, said.
Later in the week, we hosted the Rally on Landis. Students were able to learn more about Dance Marathon and write letters to the miracle families. One of the highlights of the Rally was a donation based Pure Barre class that took place on Landis Green. Participants were able to stretch their stress away at one the most picturesque places on our campus.
The week ended on a high note, with two events that allowed everyone to cut loose. At FTKaraoke students belted their hearts out, singing everything from the Spice Girls to High School Musical. On Saturday, we hosted FTKolor, where 800 students throw around over 1,000 pounds of colored powder and having a blast FTK!
Check out a video FTKolor here!
Rally Week served as the perfect morale booster since we’re officially 15 days out from the start of the Marathon. Now is the perfect time to reflect on all the good we’ve done over the past 7 months and eagerly anticipate all the great things we’re going to accomplish over the next 26 days.