Mary Grace Gormley – Co-Sponsorship Coordinator

How many years have you been with raiseRED? 
2 years as Dancer, 2nd year on Executive Board
What are you studying at UofL?
Marketing and International Business
Why do you dance?
My freshman year, I registered for raiseRED because my little cousin is one of the kids we dance for, and I had no idea what an eye opening experience it would be. Having the opportunity to dance with these kids who have been through so much put things into perspective and reminded me why I was there – to help these kids battle their illnesses, raise money to find them a cure, and brighten their day in the meantime. It’s also incredible to see so many members of the community come together for a single cause and see the great change brought about by the collective efforts of 1,000 individuals.
Advice for first time dancers?
Don’t. Stop. Moving. It’s so much easier to stay motivated and keep your energy high when you stay active and participate, and it’s way more fun, too! Also, don’t be intimidated by the fundraising aspect. Small donations here and there can add up to big numbers.
Favorite raiseRED memory? 
Getting a chance to interact with patients from the clinic in an entirely new and exciting way. It’s moving to see the kids let loose, have fun, and witness their excitement at having a full 18 hours dedicated to celebrating them. (Also, when I face planted running up the escalator in the SAC and spent the rest of the ride sprawled across the escalator because I was laughing too hard to get up.)
Fun fact about yourself?
I memorized The Cat in the Hat in preschool and my grandma thought I could read. I couldn’t. But now I have a cool party trick (not really very cool, I’m usually the only person that enjoys it).