Leave me out with the waste, this is not what I do
It’s the wrong kind of place to be thinking of you
It’s the wrong time for somebody new
It’s a small crime and I’ve got no excuse
Doesn’t it seem like just when you’ve sworn off relationships and become happy and comfortable being alone that a boy comes in and ruins all those plans for being independent and single?
My past 48 hours were dedicated to Indiana University’s Dance Marathon - the second largest student run organization in the country! All students whether Greek, independent, freshman, or senior, are welcome to participate and dance for 36 STRAIGHT. No sitting, no sleeping, no giving up. While I could not dance the entire 36 hours, some of my best friends took on the challenge and showed amazing strength. One does not know their personal limits until they are put into a situation like this; you can’t just walk away, you’ve made a commitment, you’re dancing for those who can’t.
It was amazing to see my peers pull through and support all of the families and patients of Riley Children’s Hospital, which is nearby in Indianapolis, Indiana. Meeting with the parents of patients was so heartwrenching; I met children who have had 9 brain surgeries, 30 blood transfusions, amputations, and endless amounts of chemotherapy. It broke my heart to hear a little girl say the best part of treatment was the ice cream her favorite nurse brought to her. Some of the tiniest children have the greatest amounts of inner strength.
What do I have to complain about? The answer is nothing. I have been blessed to have a family who can afford to provide me with health insurance and to be surrounded by a support system of loving friends. While this weekend was exhausting and nothing short of a challenge, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. So what did we achieve?
While not all rewards were monetary, my school united and raised $1,801,207.20 for the kids :)