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Rutgers football hero Eric LeGrand to speak at 14th Annual Dance Marathon

EricLegrand_-_DannyWild_03-30_optBY AMBER E. HOPKINS-JENKINS
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The 14th annual Rutgers University Dance Marathon will take place from Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, 130 College Avenue, New Brunswick.

On Sunday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m., former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand will speak in support of the marathon and its cause. LeGrand's return to the football field one year after he was paralyzed from the neck down in a game vs. Army at Giants Stadium was Sports Illustrated’s 2011 Moment of the Year.

Raising $2,713,227.50 over the past thirteen years, Dance Marathon is New Jersey’s largest student-run philanthropic event. Nearly 1000 student volunteers will stay awake and on their feet for 32 hours to show their support for local families impacted by childhood cancers.

Rutgers' Dance Marathon is the top contributor to the Embrace Kids Foundation, a New Brunswick-based organization dedicated to supporting the non-medical needs of children with cancer. Embrace Kids families will also be on hand to share their personal stories.

The event will also feature performances by bands, including The Verdict, The British Invasion, IOU, Soul Cruisers, and Jimmy and the Parrots.

 

ABOUT EMBRACE KIDS FOUNDATION
 Embrace Kids Foundation is committed to relieving emotional, spiritual and financial concerns caused by childhood cancers.  The foundation provides non-medical services to New Jersey children and families through family programs and support services at absolutely no cost to families. Child patients range in age from infancy to young adulthood and encompass all ethnic and social backgrounds.

ABOUT RUTGERS DANCE MARATHON
 The Rutgers University Dance Marathon is a 32-hour student-run philanthropic event that unites the university community to increase awareness of childhood cancers and blood disorders. It is a university-wide tradition comprised of volunteers who are committed to service, leadership development and fun.

For more information, please visit marathon.rutgers.edu.

 

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