university of alabama dance marathon

Story by WVUA 23’s Libbi Farrow.

On Saturday, dozens of University of Alabama students danced the day away in the Ferguson Center Ballroom in order to raise money for a good cause. BAMAthon is a 13.1-hour-long continuous dance party that the University of Alabama Dance Marathon organization puts together every year.

“While we are doing so we are raising money and spreading awareness for what Children’s of Alabama does and it’s a bunch of college students coming together to show these children that people backing them here at Tuscaloosa and that they aren’t alone going through the fight they are going through,” said Grace Muncy, director of funding for UADM.

It’s UADM’s largest event of the year where their miracle makers come together to raise proceeds for Alabama’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Birmingham while supporting and showing love to miracle kids and their families.

“My favorite part is seeing the students who have never been here before walk in and they just get this look in their eyes like what is going on and they get a little scared and then two hours later they’re going all-out dancing, learning the line dance, cheering when the air horn goes off because that means we just raised $1,000 so it’s really fun seeing people come in for the first time and immediately fall in love with it,” said Lily Klootwyk, the president of UADM.

Children’s of Alabama has an average of 200 emergency visits a day and 73,000 visits a year according to the Children’s Miracle Hospital of Alabama.

There are over 1,200 participants who are all students at the University of Alabama who are dedicated to standing, fundraising, and hearing stories from their miracle families.

“It’s really just the best cause I cannot recommend it enough and I’m so proud of everyone’s hard work,” said Hannah Parker, the vice president of event planning for UADM.

When the clock strikes 11:06 p.m., UADM will presented just how much they have raised over the last year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of Alabama.

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