• Kimberly Linder

Finding My Passion

2015 is the year I found my calling. I was a timid sophomore without the slightest idea of what I wanted to do when I grew up. I was constantly searching for a sign that would point me in the direction of something I was truly passionate about. I decided to sign up for Dance Marathon at Georgia College’s Midnight Breakfast simply because one of the members of GC Miracle passed me a clipboard with a sign-up sheet and I thought “why not?” This was the point that my whole college experience shifted. The day of Dance Marathon 2015 changed my outlook completely. I went into it thinking it would be a good cause to raise money for some sick kids and a fun way to spend my Saturday. Little did I know Georgia College Miracle would completely consume me for the next year. I fell more and more in love with every Miracle family story I heard and developed this yearning to help these families in some way. I went out on a limb and applied for the Miracle executive board for the 2015-2016 school year. I doubted myself heavily, thinking about all the other amazing candidates that must have applied. Why would such an amazing, life-changing organization want me? The day I got the call saying I was in was one of the happiest days of my college life to date. Finally I was able to become a part of a movement that is so much bigger than anything I had come in contact with before. I have loved every second of serving as GC Miracle’s Family and Hospital Relations Chair. Miracle has allowed me connect with struggling families on a level I never knew was possible. It is impossible to have a bad day knowing all the time and effort you put in directly helps a family in need. Visiting the kids at the Children’s Hospital in Macon is my favorite way to spend a Friday. These kids are my biggest heroes because they persevere through chronic illness and injuries with more bravery than I have ever seen. It has truly been a blessing to work with them, their families, and the rest of the exec board that are fighting for them with me every day. My experiences with Miracle have shown me that I want to work with and help kids and their families for the rest of my life. Joining Miracle has introduced to me the pure joy that comes from volunteering and helping others. I am so excited to see what Georgia College Miracle can accomplish in the future and can’t wait to share this joy with all the participants at Dance Marathon 2016.

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