Ilirijana Racaj of Sherman, who along with 47 teams and over 800 participants, helped the University of Vermont's 6th annual student-led fundraising event RALLYTHON raise a record-breaking $140,813.29 for the UVM Children's Hospital.
RALLYTHON is a student-led yearlong fundraiser which culminates in a 12-hour dance marathon, signifying the average length of a nurse's shift at Vermont's local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. During RALLYTHON, which took place on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, students heard stories from patient families treated at the UVM Children's Hospital and engaged with champions - current and past patients of the hospital, while fundraising, participating in games, and dancing until the final reveal their annual fundraising total.
Ilirijana Racaj spent the year as a RALLYTHON Participant, gaining leadership, teamwork, and non-profit business experience while raising funds and awareness of Vermont's Children's Miracle Network Hospital, which treats and provides life-saving care to sick and injured kids in need.
By the conclusion of this year's dance marathon, Ilirijana raised enough money to reach the 'Dancer Goal' - a distinction given to participants who have fundraised between $100 - $249 over the course of the year.
UVM's RALLYTHON is organized in collaboration between UVM's Department of Student Life and the UVM Medical Center. Through its five years in existence, participant students have raised over $500k for the UVM Children's Hospital - 100% of which stays local to support local kids. This Fundraised money is crucial to the support of patients at the UVM Children's Hospital, and goes towards the purchase of everything from life-saving equipment and medicine to supplies meant to enhance the experience for patients and their families during their treatment.
About Student Life
The University of Vermont Department of Student Life provides students with extracurricular experiential learning, involvement, and leadership opportunities. With a variety of program areas spanning Outdoor Programs, Student Media, Leadership, Civic Engagement, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Campus Programs - Student Life aims to connect students with communities and experiences that will supplement their academic career.
Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors -- world-class researchers, scholars, and artists -- bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field. Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation's most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,700 undergraduate students, 1,627 graduate students, 776 certificate and non-degree students, and 478 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine.