Hailey Nelson of Branford, CT, along with 40 teams and over 700 participants, has helped the University of Vermont's annual student-led fundraising event RALLYTHON raise a record-breaking $117,520.29 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, March 2nd, 2019, 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.
Hailey Nelson spent the year as a RALLYTHON President, 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, Hailey raised enough money to join the "Comma Club"- a distinction given to participants who have fundraised a total of $1,000 or more 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. In its five years in existence, participant students have raised over $378k for the UVM Children's Hospital - 100% of which stay 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.