Sophomore Ryan Carp, a member of the publicity committee, allowed The Daily Tar Heel to follow him throughout the 24-hour period and see what the inside of the marathon was really like.
8 p.m. Friday
An hour after the marathon began, there was a line of people waiting to check in inside Fetzer Hall, and loud music was already blasting from the dance floor. In the main gym there was a huge stage set up with flashing lights and the UNC v. Butler men’s basketball game airing.
“So I think, on one level, I kind of have a similar goal as everyone else, just to like experience the marathon again, and sort of for me the marathon is kind of a way for us to kind of get close to what the kids feel — just the grueling nature of all of this,” Carp said.
First-year dancer Shawna Milam said she joined CFTK because she would’ve liked to have had something like Dance Marathon to support her brother.
“My brother had cancer when I was younger, so I mean it’s a really good cause that helps a lot of the families at UNC Children’s, and I kind of like wish somebody had come up to us — so, like, actively putting ... support into that program,” she said.