Delta Gamma's 'Do Good' At DemonTHON 2018 Changed Lives, Mine Included

Delta Gamma's 'Do Good' At DemonTHON 2018 Changed Lives, Mine Included

Dancing 24 hours "FTK."
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After months of fundraising and preparation, May 4th had finally arrived. The last time I checked, it was only February, and I had just begun in my efforts to raise as much money as possible as a first-year participant in DemonTHON, a twenty-four-hour dance marathon supporting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

As I was a member of my sorority, Delta Gamma’s team, I looked forward to spending my time raising both money and awareness for such a wonderful cause. I figured that I would enjoy my hours simply dancing for the kids, yet I received more from this experience than I could have imagined.

“Tell them how old you are!” exclaimed the mother of Ellie, our team’s designated miracle child. “I am fourteen years old,” Ellie replied enthusiastically.

“Now, tell them what you want to be when you grow up.”

“I want to be a Delta Gamma!” Ellie proudly stated.

Screams of joy arose from every DG in the audience. Before even meeting Ellie, each of the participating students of DemonTHON had the privilege of hearing her share the story of her encounters with Lurie Children’s Hospital on the stage before us. My initial thoughts revolved around how brave this young woman must have been to fearlessly receive treatment for her illness.

If I had been placed in her situation, I would not have known what to do with myself. Yet, seeing her confidently speak about her struggles, as well as the excellent care the hospital has provided with, was truly admirable.

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I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Ellie and her family, as well as having the privilege to dance with her. It was in that moment that I realized my heart had never been fuller of pride and compassion. Being able to interact with young children who have come face-to-face with life-threatening illnesses was remarkable.

I immediately felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the life I have been blessed with, and instantly put into perspective that the small problems in my everyday life are insignificant in comparison to what this beautiful young woman has been through at such an early age. Ellie is a fighter, and she taught me that, no matter how severe the situation may be, I too can fight through it, along with everyone else.

I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in DemonTHON, as well as meet Ellie. She is an inspiration to all, and I am proud to know her.

See also: Participating In Dance Marathon Made Me A Better Person

Cover Image Credit: Gina Brennan

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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