In my opinion, Wednesday is my favorite day of the week. Not only is Wednesday “hump day,” which has become a cultural symbol for making it half-way through the week, but it’s also Lime Time Wednesday! On Wednesdays, we have the chance to spread further awareness of all the great things Dance Marathon does for the victims of Pediatric cancer and their families, and we wear Lime to show the pride we take in being involved with such an incredible organization.

During the school year, it’s easy to participate in Lime Time Wednesday because there’s so many other students and faculty taking part and wearing Lime on campus and in the Iowa City area. But, now that its summer and a majority of students are back home, it may be more difficult to remember to participate every Wednesday or to make a bigger impact at home than at school.

So, the important question is, how can you participate in Lime Time Wednesdays in your hometown?

One major way that you can fully participate in Lime Time Wednesdays is by hosting a Community Day in your hometown. Community Days are a great way to spread awareness of all the great things Dance Marathon does for its families, and you can do some fundraising at the same time! Just find a local business, such as your town’s Buffalo Wild Wings or any of your favorite restaurants back home, and see if they are interested in donating a percentage of their profits within a certain time period of their business hours back to Dance Marathon. This is a great way for you to spread Lime in your hometown! Just make sure that if you choose to do a Community Day, contact the manager ahead of time and explain to them what Dance Marathon is and why you’re interested in doing a Community Day at their restaurant or business. Also, make sure to send a thank you card to show your appreciation!

Another way that you can participate in Lime Time Wednesdays in your hometown is by organizing an event, such as a bake sale or a dodgeball tournament, to help educate those that live in your hometown about Dance Marathon and the impact that we have. Before anything, make sure you have proper documentation (if necessary) if you’re going to be doing this in a public area! If you choose to do something like a bake sale or dodgeball tournament, ask your friends and family members to help you bake some delicious treats to sell or to help you plan/organize, as well as advertise for the event! This is a great way for you to connect with the residents of your hometown to help them better understand what exactly Dance Marathon is.

A third way that you can participate in Lime Time Wednesdays is by simply wearing Lime. I know it seems pretty obvious and redundant to say that, but a lot of times the simplest solution is the correct one. If you have a strenuous job or internship that would make it difficult to plan something like a Community Day or bake sale, make your contribution by striving to always wear Lime on Wednesdays. It doesn’t have to necessarily be blatant, either. Simply wearing a Lime green DM wristband to work or Lime green sunglasses outside will make in impact in one way or another. Even though you won’t generate as much “publicity” as a Community Day or bake sale, you will still be doing your part to spread your Lime to those around you.

These are just a handful of the many ways that you can participate in Lime Time Wednesdays in your hometown, and I challenge you all to come up with at least one new way to spread Dance Marathon’s message this summer while at home. Make sure to come back in the fall and tell us all about how you did your part to participate in Lime Time Wednesdays!

I know that whenever I will be home, I will try to do my best to spread Dance Marathon’s love and message through Lime.

Will you?

Written By: Kevin Harold

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