UNC Dance Marathon, a 24-hour event sponsored by Carolina For the Kids to raise money for UNC Children's Hospital, took place from 6:30 p.m. Friday to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Staff Writer Terrance Hudson asked dancers at 5:30 p.m. Saturday how they felt with only one hour of dancing left. Hudson talked to dancers during family hour, when relatives of children who benefit from the fundraising speak to participants.
"It is the strangest mix of emotions and physical and mental stress ... it's hard to put into words. It's really awesome."
"I feel awesome. Family hour made it all worth it I think. My feet hurt, and I'm tired, but with the families and things, it's all worth it in the end."
"I was feeling pretty tired before, but after hearing the stories and seeing the talent show, I'm ready to go."
"I'm pretty hyped. I'm a lot more excited than at the beginning, surprisingly, after all these stories."
"I'm really tired, but hearing the stories of all these families makes it all worth it."
"It was really hard to do it, but sitting through family hour made it worth it because we see the first impact of our work, and I love standing for these kids who can't stand. I plan to do it every year I'm here."
"I'm really tired and in pain, especially in my legs. Hearing all these stories really centers you and helps you understand what this all about."
"I am exhausted. This is my second year doing it, and it's still the hardest thing I've ever done. When you do something this difficult, it's worth it in the end, especially when you can see families and hear their stories."
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