I joined Terp Thon the second I heard about the cause because I always had an interest in pediatric medicine, and I knew right away that I wanted to help make an impact on kids and families who were fighting against childhood illness. What I didn't know at the time was how much of an impact Terp Thon would have on my life.
Terp Thon is the largest student run philanthropy in the state of Maryland. We raise funds and awareness year-round for Children's National Health System, which is our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. The money that we fundraise goes directly to the hospital to ensure that no child is ever turned away from care regardless of their ability to pay. Our yearly efforts culminate every March in a 12 hour Dance Marathon at the University of Maryland.
Why do I dance? I dance for every child who ever enters the doors of Children's National. I dance to give kids a chance to go to school and see their friends. I dance to give kids an opportunity to learn all their passions in life by trying new things. I dance so kids can celebrate more birthdays. I dance to give families hope for a better tomorrow. I dance to be part of something so much bigger than myself and to make a difference in this world.
Terp Thon has completely transformed my college experience and that is why I have continued to give my all to this organization. I have the privilege of serving as Terp Thon's Executive Director this year, and it has been the best experience of my life thus far. Terp Thon has truly given me a new meaning to my life. I get to wake up every day and devote my time to an organization that encompasses everything that I am passionate about. I see the effect that Terp Thon has to help keep families whole, and I don't think I will ever experience something so rewarding in my life.
Please consider supporting Terp Thon and all the kids at Children's National by helping me reach my fundraising goal of $6,000. Together, we can create miracles.