For the past 22 years, many students at Indiana University have devoted countless hours of their time and effort to help support and participate in the Indiana University Dance Marathon. Some students who are involved with IUDM shared their thoughts on what the dance marathon means to them.
IUDM means always having a support system through the good times and the bad times. More importantly, IUDM means giving support to all the families and children who need it the most. We have the opportunity to make a difference, and through our spirit, hope, and love we can make the worlds difference. FTK!
– Erika Elaine, Senior
IUDM was something that I decided to do before I knew much about it. As I’ve spent time on the PR committee, I’ve seen how great of an impact that IUDM makes on Riley kids and their families, and also the impact that these people have on the participants of IUDM. I had no idea that I would gain so much insight and compassion from this committee but I have, and it makes me all the more proud to be part of IUDM.
– Emily Nelson, Sophomore
IUDM, to me, is a chance to help kids that really need it and make a positive impact on their lives. I feel like college students can get so selfish and wrapped up in their own goals that they forget to help others. – Molly Morgan, Junior
For me, IUDM is all about coming together: students from all backgrounds, clubs, and organizations coming together for the common cause of raising money for such a great cause. I think it’s really inspirational how people put aside their differences and their own interests to keep the focus on the Riley kids and what we can do to help them. – Kelly Freiburger, Junior
Imagine that you are a star baseball player and you are up to bat at your home stadium. You step up to the plate, take a few practice swings, and just stand there, looking around you. You see and hear thousands of your fans simply chanting your name, over and over again. They all want you to succeed, they all are there supporting you no matter what. They want you to hit a home run, but if you don’t, they will still be there the next time. They just want to share your journey. That is IUDM for me. So many people supporting you, with you and everyone else supporting the kids at the same time.
-Jason DuBro, Sophomore
To me, IUDM is everything. It’s family, philanthropy, fun, and meaning all in one event that is put together over months. The people who support and take part in IUDM are all completely invested and enjoy what they are doing. It makes the experience that much better because you can surround yourself with people who have the same interests as you do. IUDM is the most worthwhile thing I have ever been a part of and I cannot see myself without it during my time at IU.
-Alli Martino, Sophomore
To me, being a part of IUDM means being a part of something bigger than myself. It means a lot to be able to affectively change the lives of these incredible kids who smile constantly, regardless of their situation. The kids are absolutely inspiring, and being around them for those 36 hours was the best experience I’ve had thus far. I am beyond excited to do it again with more of my friends to hopefully raise even more money for Riley and these wonderful kids!
–Kristi Rose, Junior