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Newsletter- December Issue- Final

Newsletter- December Issue- Final

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Published by: Kaylee Baker on May 11, 2012
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UNC-DM alumna Mary Irvine reects
on her experiences with UNC-DM.Visituncdm.wordpress.comto ndout what she has been doing sincegraduation.
A UNC-DM grant provides mothers atN.C. Children’s Hospital the oppor
tunity to soothe their newborns inthe hospital.Community Events committee memberEliza Gunner’s participation in UNC-DMis motivated by her brother.This year UNC-DM recruited themost dancers in the history ofDancer Recruitment Week (DRW).Read more about the experience onpage 6.
a year-round effort
for UNC-DM Dedication
Where are they noW?
Page VIPage IVPage VIPage III
unC-dM’s IMPaCt
a hero Who Made hIs MIssIon PossIble
 DECEMBER 2, 9 p.m-12 a.m.Vote for the band you want to seeperform at the marathon. $5 over21, $3 under.
DECEMBER 4, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Form a team of six and enjoy a pre-nals stress reliever. $24 per team.
DECEMBER 6, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
UNC-DM receives 25% of prots.
Moraler and VolunteerRecruitment Week
January 17-20
Sign up to morale or volunteer at
the marathon.
Monthly Social
: UNC-DMhosted a zoo and safari-themedsocial Nov. 13. Kids made animalmasks, played “Pin the Tail on theJungle Animal” and “Go Fishing.”
Parent’s Night Out
Healthy Steps
continued this
Pediatric Playroom:
Outreachand Operations committees
volunteered this month.
“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times,I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot
and missed. I've failed over and over and over
again in my life -- and that is why I succeed.”
--Michael Jordan
Fifteen-year-old Darren is on
dialysis for end-stage renal
disease. He was hospitalizedmany times last year and his
mother took many days of unpaid
leave to be with Darren.The For the Kids Fund paidutility, electric & other bills
until the family wasnancially stable, allowingthem to care for Darren.
for the kIds story
the Predators. He said the best part abouthockey was learning to play the sport. Hismom said it is his “favorite thing in theworld.”
When asked what he wants to be when
he grows up, Jack said, “I have a lot
of ideas.” The possibilities include
reghter, spaceman, vulcanologist, scubadiver and zoologist. Jack is also consideringattending the Naval or Air Force Academy.Jack’s family found out about the KidCo-captain program at a basketball gamewhere UNC-DM was “canning,” or askingfor donations from attendees. “We wereasked to be involved and we were morethan happy to do it,” said Jesse Shapiro,Jack’s dad.This will be Jack’s second year as a kidco-captain. His favorite part of last year’smarathon was the Vermonster. This yearhe is excited to cheer for all the dancers.UNC-DM’s cause is important to theShapiros because of the great care theyreceived at the hospital. “The people
in the hospital — the doctors, the nurses,
the volunteers — it’s so clear they care about
the job that they do,”Jen Shapiro said.“I promised to my son I will always giveblood and do everything [I] can to helpthe hospital,” Jen Shapiro said.“We owe beyond words to the hospital,to the facility, to everybody there,” JesseShapiro added.Be on the lookout for Jack at this year’smarathon. He will be encouraging thedancers with his hockey team’s cheers.
Jack Shapiro SetShiS SightS highin thiS month’S
A scar on his stomach is the onlyevidence that shows that Jack Shapiro, a2012 UNC Dance Marathon kid co-captain,was a patient at N.C. Children’s Hospital.When Jack was seven weeks old, his mom,
Jen Shapiro, noticed he was runninga fever. At their local hospital, it wasdetermined there was too much iron inJack’s liver. Jack was then transferred toN.C. Children’s Hospital.Jack was started on a chelationtreatment to rid his body of the excessiron. Three weeks later, Jack made a full
recovery. “The hospital was just amazing,”Jen Shapiro said.Today, Jack is in rst grade at Farmington
Woods Elementary School in Cary, N.C.He enjoys school, and his favorite subject
is Spanish. When his family dines at Mexican
restaurants, he often practices his Spanish.Jack loves playing hockey with his team,
 The 2012 UNC Dance Marathon will be Jack Shapiro’s second year as kid co-captain. He is excited to cheer the dancers on.
used to have seizures becausehis head was so soft. Our momwould have to deal with all fourkids and our dad would haveto take off work while theywent to Quebec,” Eliza said.Since N.C. Children’sHospital began offering similartreatment for OI eight yearsago, the family has only hadto y to Quebec once a year.Tripp has had success with the
new treatment and has not
broken a bone in two years. Thefamily now has less nancialstrain and has been able tospend more time together.Tripp is now a 16-year-oldhigh school student and is ableto live a much less interruptedlife. The high chance of brokenbones has not stopped Trippfrom being active. Althoughhis mother does not allowhim to play football, hefrequently plays basketball.“It makes [our mother] worryas [Tripp] is getting moreintense about sports with age.However, he loves sports so
Brother’s disorder motivates committee member
Since Tripp Gunner wasdiagnosed with osteogenesisimperfecta (OI), he has ownto receive treatment inQuebec, Canada, dozens oftimes. He has broken 26 bones,including his femur, which hebroke three times. He also hada full-body cast at age four.Tripp’s sister, Eliza Gunner,is a rst-year at UNC. Trippwas diagnosed with OI, alsoknown as brittle bone disease,shortly after he was born. OIis a genetic bone disorder thatcreates defective connectivebody tissue, which resultsin easily broken bones. Thedisease is also well-knownfor causing blue pupils.
Every two months, for
almost eight years, the Gunnerfamily would y to Quebec soTripp could receive treatment.Tripp’s mother was in chargeof taking care of the otherfour children while his fatherwould travel with Tripp, whowas taken out of school.“It was a rough couple yearsat the very beginning. Heshe lets him play,” Eliza said.Eliza and her family havespent so much time atthe hospital that she wasmotivated to join a UNC DanceMarathon committee thisyear. She is a member of theCommunity Events committee,which plans fundraising andawareness events in thecommunity including anannual benet reception.“I love being on CommunityEvents because it is involvedwith everyone, not just UNC,and brings the communitytogether,” Eliza said.Eliza is involved with UNC-DM because she wants to makesure that every family hasa great experience with thehospital, similar to the one thatshe and her family have had.“That was one of the biggestreasons I looked into UNC-DM—because I knew how muchTripp loved N.C. Children’sHospital, how much easier [thehospital] made it for us, andhow important the hospital isto the families,” Eliza said.
Community Events Committee Member ElizaGunner spends time with her family, who inspired her participation in UNC-DM.

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