Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Princeton University Dances for the Institute at PrinceTHON!

Princeton University students held a dance marathon (PrinceTHON) on May 6, 2014, to raise funds to support the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System. The event was organized by Princeton junior Yeri Lee, who was a summer intern at the Sheikh Zayed Institute in 2013. The co-organizers were three other Princeton students - Frank Woo, Shreya Nathan and Medha Ranka.

“We believe that every child deserves to live a long, happy life,” said Ms. Lee. “By supporting SZI, we are helping invest in novel, practical improvements in the health field to enable less invasive procedures and shorter hospital stays.”

The event was held at the Frist Student Center on the Princeton campus. The kickoff speakers were Maxwell Houston, Assistant Director of Development, Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Kevin Cleary, PhD, Technical Director of the Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute. Mr. Houston explained the importance of philanthropy alongside the mission of a children’s hospital. Dr. Cleary described some of the advances that the institute is making, including body-mounted robots to enable procedures inside an MR imaging suite.

Following the speakers, local dance experts led the participants through a series of choreographed steps to the popular song “Timber” by recording artist Ke$ha. Pizza was served, and everyone danced the night away while videos played, featuring Children's National patients naming their favorite songs (to which the students danced). By the end of the evening, over 200 students participated and over $8,000 was raised!!

For more photos, please visit Princeton University's Facebook page.