Students at the University of Central Florida will honor children suffering from life-threatening illnesses by standing for 15 hours at this weekend’s Knight-Thon.
Knight-Thon, UCF’s largest student-run philanthropy, raises funds and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network. The event challenges students to stay on their feet while keeping in mind sick children who aren’t able to stand.
Registration for Knight-Thon begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at The Venue. Students will stand from noon on Saturday to 3 a.m. on Sunday.
“Knight-Thon is UCF’s way of standing in support of the brave children being treated at our local hospitals,” said Christina Vicari, executive student director of Knight-Thon.
Many hospitalized children endure a significant amount of pain. As UCF students stay on their feet, they’ll gain a greater understanding of the struggles the kids go through.
“Nothing brings tears to everyone’s eyes and makes standing worthwhile like listening to the stories of the miracle children,” said Vicari.
In addition to listening to the stories of miracle children and their families, students will dance, play games and make crafts during the event. Local restaurants and businesses will provide food throughout the day.
The Children’s Miracle Network reaches out to millions of children and families each year, and its profits support medical care, research and education. Knight-Thon has raised more than $400,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network in the past 15 years.