Lessons Learned From IUDM Students
(From August 30, 2015)
This weekend, 100 Indiana University Dance Marathoners came out to Skydive Indianapolis to jump for the kids at Riley Hospital for Children and they taught us a lot. Here are just some of the lessons we learned.
OUR FUTURE IS IN VERY GOOD HANDS.
Don’t let the nightly news fool you. The world isn’t imploding or full of terrible people. The proof: IUDM.
These students epitomize everything our world should be: caring, committed, smart, articulate, empathetic, polite and yes, adventurous. This group was amazing to be around, and just watching them interact with and support each other was inspirational. As for IU senior and event organizer, Maddy Vonderohe, your future employer will be lucky, indeed.
IF YOU BELIEVE IN SOMETHING ENOUGH, YOU CAN CONQUER ANY FEAR.
Skydiving wasn’t on every IUDM student’s bucket list; some were really scared. Yet, their belief in what this event could mean to a child at Riley and the 2015 Dance Marathon literally pushed them to new heights.
IUDM STUDENTS ARE NOT WHINERS.
The day was not idyllic for some of the jumpers on Saturday. With the precipitation in the air, there were times when free fall stung. We had a weather hold or two. And we didn’t have a single complaint. Maybe that’s because they weren’t jumping for themselves, but For the Kids. And let’s face it, a one-minute free fall is nothing compared to months of chemo.
#FTK IS A LOT MORE THAN A HASHTAG
For The Kids or #FTK is a rallying cry, a mission, an entire belief system. It drove these students to overcome fears. It was behind every cheer of support, every “you made it” hug, every ear-to-ear grin. These kids are passionate about the children at Riley; they want to make a difference. And they do.
THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS.
In case you didn’t know (and we didn’t before this event), the IUDM is big time. It’s the 2nd largest student-run philanthropy in the ENTIRE country. Last year, it raised $3.2 million for Riley Hospital for Children. Since 1991, it’s raised over $20 million for the Ryan White Center for Infectious Disease.
THIS ORGANIZATION DESERVES OUR SUPPORT.
That means Skydive Indianapolis and anyone reading this blog. Help them reach new heights in fundraising. Do it #FTK.
To donate, please visit www.IUDM.org/donate.