In 68 days (about 10 weeks), I am about to embark on a journey I had undergone only once before. On that journey, I ended up suffering with a cramp on my right calf muscle near the end. I won’t be trekking off through the mountains of the Himalayas, or go bicycling from coast-to-coast, or even running a marathon. I don’t think I have the stamina or endurance to do all those things yet, nor the mind-set. But what I will be doing, in my opinion, is something equally important. I will be on my feet dancing for 26 hours in UCLA’s Dance Marathon, a philanthropic event benefiting kids with or have been affected by AIDS. And there is only one rule: no sitting! In addition to this one rule, I need to raise a minimum of $208. As of today, with the help of my friends and people as compassionate as you, I have raised $135. If I meet the minimum, I would like to raise more.
How will the money I help raise affect the fight against AIDS? Every $8 raised buys a shot of a drug called Nevirapine. When given to mother and child (as well as with a c-section), the drug helps reduce the risk of HIV transmission to 2%. That’s a huge reduction! And every $1000 raised is donated to Camp Kindle or Camp Heartland to allow a child to come to camp during the summer. These camps allow a child to feel a sense of normalcy around his or her peers, as the ampers are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
So please join me on this journey! As dancing is a physical activity, I will be training for this event–you know, the standard routine: running, lifting, etc. God knows I need the training–an old guy like me (I’m 23y.o. by the way) needs to bring back my healthy body. And yes, I’m going to “discover” new dance moves along the way to show off by watching various music videos. Who knows, I may be posting my own videos of it. Of course, there’s also a mental and spiritual component to a physical activity. I’ll be writing down my thoughts and any doubts I have an being unable to complete this journey. So visit my blog once in a while and check back to see the latest thing I’m doing–it’ll be your job to keep me accountable. It’s currently raining today in Los Angeles, so the only physical thing I’ve done is doing push-ups via the Perfect Pushup and ab work via the Ab Slide. Oh, and one of the fun parts of Dance Marathon is all the costume changes every 3 hours: so I’ll be needing your help with that.
If you can, please donate to the cause–any amount can help. Click on the link. And pray for a cure and definitely pray for me.
And if you are interesting in being a part of Dance Marathon, it’s not too late to be a dancer, a moraler, or volunteer. Register before January 29, 2010.
Below is a song I’m currently dancing too: “Warp 1.9” by the Bloody Beetroots ft. Steve Aoki.