For The Kids!


Posted on February 14th, by Shelby Wilder in Shelby Wilder. No Comments

Final Reveal OilerTHON18FTK is a popular slogan you may hear around UF’s campus, but what does it mean? FTK is a saying that Miracle Network Dance Marathons across the nation use which means “for the kids.” It’s often used as a reason for doing something. i.e. “Getting those donations FTK!,” “Standing for 10+ hours FTK!,” and even “Getting my hair chopped to my shoulders FTK!”

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement that is sweeping the nation and is helping make miracles happen at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. University of Findlay has its own Dance Marathon organization (previously known as UF’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon, but has recently become UF Miracle), and we raise money for Toledo Mercy Children’s Hospital. If you followed my blogs last year, I wrote twice about this amazing group, and provided a little more background about this national movement! Just click here to read more about it: https://oilerblogs.findlay.edu/gettin-my-dance-on-and-making-miracles-happen/

Shelby sporting here DM tutu!This year, I was so blessed to be UF Miracle’s External Director. Being a part of the executive board for this organization was a huge and new task to take on, but I mean, it is FTK… how could I say no?! It’s been a crazy, busy and so rewarding year in my position. I have learned more than I could ever imagine, and I think that really showed in our big event: OilerTHON!

OilerTHON18 was held on November 17th of 2018, and this event is a big “party with a purpose” to celebrate all of the fundraising we did throughout the semester. This event is also our last big fundraising push towards our fundraising goal.. There was an awesome D.J., inflatables, dancing, games and our amazing miracle kids (children who have been treated at Toledo’s Mercy Children’s Hospital). Our theme this year was Mario Kart, and we were racing to make a difference. With the help of over 300 participants who registered for the event, the most UF Miracle has ever had, we indeed made a difference FTK! (For a closer look at the fun, click here to see images.)

Our fantastic miracle makers helped UF Miracle raise $47,058.23 for the kids at Toledo’s Mercy Children’s Hospital! That amount is almost over $7,000 more than last year– which is insane and so amazing! I even surpassed my fundraising goal and raised $1,621.

Next year, I’m again taking on this super busy role as UF Miracle’s External/Marketing Director. This year’s event was probably my most favorite yet, and I’m so excited as we have started planning for OilerTHON19! We have some  ideas we cannot wait to implement for next year — you won’t want to miss it!

Want to get more involved FTK? Feel free to shoot me an email at wilders@findlay.edu, or even just give us a follow on our social media platforms @ufmiracle!Final Reveal OilerTHON18

 





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