Regarding “Amanda’s giving heart” (front page, April 13):
My husband and I went to the University of Florida last Sunday to support our daughter during the last two hours of the 26.2-hour Dance Marathon at UF. Garrett Leopold, who received Amanda Pierce’s heart, and his mother were among several family members we heard speak to the more than 800 dance marathon students about their experiences at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Their heart-wrenching stories were not emergency-room stories; they were stories of lengthy stays for treatments, of the siblings of these sick children spending their time at the hospital to be together as a family, and the tearful thank-yous from these families to the students who gave up their time to support them.
It is through heartfelt giving that these stories happen, whether it is organ donation or financial contributions. What is remarkable about the Dance Marathon at UF is that it is a wholly student-run organization. Over $1.5 million was raised through this past year’s efforts for Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The students involved and those who supported their efforts are to be congratulated!