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Supporting children’s health care with a dance marathon

Nicole Woo, ’21, shares how gifts through The Stanford Fund have shaped her experience at Stanford.

Nicole Woo, ’21 (left), enjoying the snow during a group trip to Truckee, CA.

I am extremely grateful for the generosity and willingness of Stanford Fund donors to support students’ academic, intellectual, personal, and creative growth at Stanford. Your kindness is a crucial part of creating an exceptional Stanford undergraduate experience.

I am part of Stanford University Dance Marathon (SUDM), a student-run group on campus that works to increase accessibility to healthcare for children fighting cancer and blood disease. By having multiple fundraisers throughout the year for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) and spreading awareness about inequalities in healthcare access, we hope to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families. The last thing they should have to worry about in such a time of stress is money.

Your generosity enables all of the wonderful student organizations on campus, including SUDM, to thrive and give back in ways we would otherwise only dream of. Working alongside some of my closest friends towards a cause we are extremely passionate about has been a unique experience, and very inspiring.

Nicole setting up SUDM’s biggest event of the year, a 12-hour dance marathon.

This group has not only provided me a wonderful community both inside and outside of our work for LPCH, but it has centered and focused my passions and goals on what I want to contribute to my larger community.

Upon graduation, I plan to pursue work in the healthcare sector, continuing to increase access to healthcare, as well as researching and developing ways to improve the healthcare system. I hope to gain experience in this field through consulting, finance, and policy and operations research. I am forever grateful for your support that will ultimately allow me to make a positive impact on others’ lives and to hopefully leave the world a better place than it was before me.