Kaufman Rossin’s Harriet Cohen talks about her niece’s involvement with Knight-Thon.
Tell us about Knight-Thon. What is its mission?
My great niece, Kayla, is a student at the University of Central Florida where she’s involved in Knight-Thon UCF’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon and largest student-run philanthropy. Knight-Thon’s mission is to educate, inspire, and unite their campus and community to provide ongoing support for the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
What prompted Kayla to get involved with the organization?
One of the main reasons Kayla got involved with this particular organization was because the money they raise helps provide the best possible care for children. Kayla remembers when her younger sister, Brianna, was born prematurely and had to spend close to three months in the neonatal intensive care unit before her parents could take her home. As you can imagine, it was a very difficult time for our entire family. Today, our “miracle” baby is 17, taller than her mother and sister, captain of her weightlifting team at her high school and can lift 150 pounds over her head! Brianna had excellent medical care and our family was incredibly lucky.
Kayla participates in Knight-Thon so all children can have the level of care Brianna had and all parents can take home their own “miracle” babies. Their motto is “For the Kids.” It is for this reason that I wanted to help Kayla with her fundraising efforts and I thank my Kaufman Rossin family for joining in this worthwhile cause.
What is your advice for others who are thinking about getting involved in the community?
I’m incredibly proud of the young woman my Kayla has become and I’d like to share her advice on getting involved. She feels that the most important thing is to find what you’re passionate about (in her case, children) and then seek out the organizations that deal with those issues (such as the Children’s Miracle Network). I completely agree. Jump in and give it your all!