Lake Stevens own Mattie Quigley joined hundreds of other students at UCLA over President’s Day weekend as they danced the hours away to help raise funds and awareness for Pediatric AIDS.
Quigley danced for 26 hours straight during “Dance Marathon 2013” which has raised over $3 million in the last 11 years.
The money they have raised has benefitted programs such as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF); Project Kindle, a free camp for children affected by AIDS; and the UCLA AIDS Institute.
Dance Marathon at UCLA, the largest collegiate charity event in California, brings together thousands of students, parents, alumni and interested community members each year.
Calling on family and friends, participants raise at least $250 each — and many do so in particularly creative ways.
As a registered dancer, Quigley spent the 26 hours with her fellow dancers, learning about the disease, meeting young children who are affected, and celebrating the continuous fight for a cure.
Last year’s event united more than 3,000 supporters and raised over $450,000.