On Friday, April 1st through Saturday, April 2nd, thousands of UC Berkeley students shook their groove thangs at the annual Dance Marathon. As co-chair this year, I not only had an up-close and personal relationship with the planning process for DM, but I was able to meet a few people who work for the foundation DM benefits – the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. I visited family in Washington, DC during spring break and had time to stop by the Foundation’s DC office. The atmosphere of the office – filled with pictures of African children and landscapes from all over the world – reflected the focus of all the people who work there. They all have a passion for fighting pediatric AIDS and working to institute changes in global health. Talking with several people from the Elizabeth Glaser team gave me an even bigger motivational boost to make this year’s Dance Marathon a huge success. And let me tell you, it most definitely was!
This year we raised over $53,000 for the Foundation! Dancers enjoyed great music, food, entertainment (even aerial circus performers!), and guest speakers talking about the Foundation’s work around the world. Check out the DailyCal’s Article about DM this year. And to all the Berkeley DM Dancers out there – thank you for all your hard work and dedication to fighting pediatric AIDS. This year we exceeded our fundraising goal! DM shows the power of a youth movement to make global change – and it doesn’t mean you have to have a ton of money, it is all about spreading awareness and telling your network of family and friends that it only takes $15 to give a women the necessary treatment she needs to prevent transmission of HIV to her baby – yep only $15 (thats might be your Starbucks allowance for the work week).