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Dance Marathon forges NSU-Children’s Miracle Network partnership

Published 11/7/17

Jordan Gogo

Contributing Writer

NSU is partnering with Children’s Miracle Network to present the upcoming NSU Dance Marathon. This event is an on-campus fundraising movement to raise money for children’s hospitals sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network.

The dance marathon is entirely planned by students who collectively form the Dance Marathon Committee. Madyson Bush serves as the committee’s director.

“The Dance Marathon Committee is made up of multiple chairs and people that all have a heart for the kids,” said Bush. “Without all of their hard work and planning, there would be no dance marathon. I help guide and assist these chairs in all that they hope NSUDM will be.”

The eight-hour long dance marathon gives participating students the chance to express themselves while engaging in charity. This year, the committee is raising the bar on its donation goal.

“Our goal is to reach $22,180 because every day 2,218 children are treated for cancer at a Children’s Miracle Hospital,” said Caitlin Andrews, fundraising co-chair of the committee. “All the money we raise goes to St. Francis to help the children in the hospital.”

Michaela Daniels, also fundraising co-chair alongside Andrews, served on the leadership team last year. It impacted her so much that she was compelled to resume her role to help spread awareness. She wants as many students to participate as possible.

“I truly believe everyone should be a part of this movement on campus because this experience benefits you just as much as you are benefiting the children,” said Daniels. “Once you register, then you can start fundraising on your own. You can post the link to social media websites, text people, or any other way you can think of to raise money for the kids.”

Along with NSU, many other universities across the country are also partnering with Children’s Miracle Network. Despite NSU’s smaller size in comparison to other schools, Bryley Hoodenpyle, campus engagement co-chair, believes that this event can still make a difference.

“When I attended the event, I was able to witness the generosity of our students and of the NSU community for these kids, and it blew me away,” said Hoodenpyle. “Even though we may be a smaller university, when we come together, we have great power to positively affect the lives of our local children in need.”

The NSU Dance Marathon is from 2-10 p.m. on March 3, 2018, with a tentative location. Students can sign up to participate now by visiting https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2721.

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


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