The Springfield College Dance Marathon student-led organization concluded its year-long fundraising efforts on Saturday, May 1 with an in-person celebration on Naismith Green. Led by Springfield College Occupational Therapy major Julia McGourty, the Springfield College Dance Marathon helped raise a total of $30,011.84, funds that go directly to benefitting Childhood Cancer Research and The B+ Foundation.
The B+ Foundation provides financial assistance to families fighting childhood cancer. B+ foundation is the larger provider of financial assistance in the United States and they fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and spread the Be Positive message.
"When I started this project, it was really with the mindset of bringing people together for a cause that's bigger than ourselves," said McGourty, who is a member of the Class of 2021 and served as executive director of the Springfield College Dance Marathon. "I have been so impressed by the power of community, and I am so thankful for all of the support we received on the campus. The work isn't done, the Dance Marathon program will continue next academic year as well, and we are all so proud to have helped families in need."
This special fundraiser was just another example of our students continually living the Springfield College Humanics philosophy of leadership in service to others. President Mary-Beth A. Cooper joined many of the College's student leaders, staff, faculty, and others in helping assist this institution-wide fundraising and awareness event all academic year.
Fundraising efforts throughout the year included: the selling of arts and crafts, fun events with faculty and staff, and constant awareness during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September and World Cancer Awareness Day in February.
"We have developed such a strong connection with the B+ Foundation, and that is something that will continue," said McGourty. "More than 145 students and 27 fundraising teams help make reaching our goal a reality, and everyone helped spread such positivity this year."
The Springfield College Dance Marathon will continue its institution wide awareness and fundraising efforts for the B+ foundation during the 2021-22 academic year as well, where clubs, athletic teams, faculty and staff can continue to come together and live our Humanics philosophy.