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UA student group raises $233,000 for Children’s of Alabama

Children’s of Alabama, one of the state’s premier pediatric hospitals, received a $233,000 donation from a student-led organization at the University of Alabama.

UA Miracle, the largest student-led philanthropic organization on campus, revealed the news at an annual event last week.

“We are so excited to end our 13th year with BAMAthon where we celebrate our hard work,” said Rachel Frick, UA Miracle president. “Throughout our time on campus, we’ve had more than 10,000 students participate, hosted 80 families of current or former Children’s of Alabama patients on UA’s campus and raised more than $2.5 million dollars. All proceeds go to Children’s and the amazing programs they have for families in their care.”

Frick also said that the organization doesn’t just raise money, it teaches students about the importance of care for their local community.

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“This past year alone, there have been more than 14,000 children from Tuscaloosa County treated at Children’s, so even though it’s in Birmingham, it has a huge effect on the local community,” she said. “The idea of this organization being bigger than oneself and raising money is something that I hope every participant at BAMAthon got out of this year.”

“Hearing miracle families tell their stories, in addition to hearing the impact this organization has had on UA students, is one of the highlights of the event.”

UA Miracle is the largest student-led philanthropic organization on the school’s campus. The group hosts fundraising events at Tuscaloosa-area restaurants and theme days on campus throughout the year.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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