NSU Dance Marathon inspires one generation to fight for the next
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NSU Dance Marathon inspires one generation to fight for the next

Published 2/20/2018

Tori Dodson

TNE Writer

NSU and Children’s Miracle Network join forces to present NSU’s Third Annual Dance Marathon. The purpose of this event is to raise money for numerous children at St. Francis Children's Hospital in Tulsa.

This dance marathon is planned and prepared by NSU students who are positively driven to make a difference. Last year, students raised over $9,000 for the children and met personal fundraising goals. As promised, students who reached their personal goal were challenged to complete stomach-churning dares.

The Dance Marathons committee’s director, Madyson Bush, reached a personal goal of $500 and ate a goldfish in front of everyone who attended the event.

“It was alive and pretty gross, but the result was well worth it,” said Bush. “We will definitely be doing more crazy and fun things to encourage students, faculty and the community to join the movement and donate to NSU Dance Marathon.”

This year, the committee has decided to promote a campaign that challenges everyone involved with NSU Dance Marathon to set personal goals and join in on the fun. “Dares for DM” will take place Feb. 19-23.

“We encourage everyone involved to do some dares to raise money,” said Bush. “Be checking social media to see what people are willing to do.”

The goal for this year’s fundraiser is to raise $22,180 for the 2,218 children who are treated for cancer every single day at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

“We are giving these kids the chance to be kids again just by raising money right here in Tahlequah,” said Michaela Daniels, fundraising co-chair. “I know this organization has changed my life, and I hope it can change other students as well.” 

The eight-hour dance marathon will include a live DJ, food, T-shirts, dance lessons and much more. Those who attend will have the opportunity to meet some of the children the fundraiser has impacted.

“When you sign up, you are signing up for eight hours on your feet for the kids who can't be,” said Bush. “When you sign up, you are changing children's lives forever. Guaranteed, the best way to spend your time and money.”

Dance Marathon will take place from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse.

“It makes me proud seeing NSU students being a part of something that is so much bigger than themselves,” said Sarah Tilley, NSU Dance Marathon adviser. “All the hard work that both the Dance Marathon team and students raising money for the event do definitely does not go unnoticed. I love how big of hearts NSU students have.”

Join the generation that is fighting for the next, and sign up to participate in this event by visiting https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2721.

For more information or questions, email Bush at bush08@nsuok.edu 

To stay updated, follow NSU Dance Marathon on Instagram at @riverhawkdm.

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