Gettin’ My Dance On … and Making Miracles Happen!


Posted on September 27th, by Shelby Wilder in Shelby Wilder. No Comments

Miracle Network Dance Marathon. A year ago, those four words didn’t mean much to me at all. Today, those words ignite a fire inside of me and have ultimately changed my life.

Dance Marathon is a movement that has taken over the nation. In 1991, this movement began at Indiana University when a fellow soon-to-be classmate, University of Findlay Miracle Network Dance MarathonRyan White, passed away from HIV/AIDS. The university decided to come together and raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since then, about 350 more schools have started dance marathon programs and over $135 million has been raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! Every 60 seconds, 62 children enter a CMN hospital, and with the money that we raise, we can help provide state-of-the-art equipment the hospitals need, buy toys for their play rooms, and even refurbish some of the rooms in the hospitals, depending on what each facility needs.

University of Findlay’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon (UFMNDM) is put on by Circle K International and is called OilerTHON! Our event is 10 hours long and we do not sit. The purpose is that we want to stand and dance for kids who cannot do so. UFMNDM fundraises for Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo! Last year we raised $33,397 and helped buy NICView cameras for the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy so that parents could always see their little bundles of joy, no matter where the parents were. This year we’re shooting for an even higher goal: $40,000, to help buy bottle warmers for the NICU! It’s a huge jump from our previous goal of $30,000, but we’re so excited to work hard and do this FOR THE KIDS!OilerTHON16 Fundraise Reveal

This year I also have the honor of being one of UFMNDM’s social media coordinators! I’ve only been in the position since last semester, but it’s already shaped me in so many ways. Being a part of Dance Marathon has shown and immersed me in some amazing opportunities. Even more, being apart of this movement is something that affects the way you think and see the world, every single day. Even something as simple as waking up in my own bed every morning, something we take for granted, makes me think about why I’m a part of the Dance Marathon movement. One in 10 children, statistically, will be treated at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. That means those kids will wake up in a hospital bed and gown, surrounded by machines and lights, instead of in their own bed. Being part of Dance Marathon means I can help make a difference to those children, and help This Generation Fighting for the Nextthose kids to be kids. We are truly this generation fighting for the next.

Interested in joining the movement and helping raise money FOR THE KIDS? OilerTHON 2017 is on Nov. 11th! You can find the link to register in any of our social medias’ bios (@ufmndm)! Follow our Instagram and Twitter for updates on our fundraising/awareness events from now until the big event. Hope to see you there!

 





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