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!

 





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



From the Blog

Wondering what it's really like to be at The University of Findlay? Follow our bloggers and read—and sometimes listen and watch—their experiences. Real Oilers. Real stories. Real life.

Homestays and new experiences

So far on our journey, we have encountered so many kind people and even made some great new friends. The professors at the University...

Why Fukui?

You may find yourself wondering why we traveled to Japan. To put it simply, Kat and I wholeheartedly believe traveling and immersing yourself in...

Seeing the Sights and Settling In

The first three days of our trip were spent traveling Osaka, a great place for sightseeing here in Japan. We were able to see...

Sleepless in Osaka

A few days ago, we were scheduled to leave for Japan with Dr. Alison Baer and her husband Paul.  If you saw two girls...

Ready to Go!

Hello, Kat Slate and Julia Smith here! We are education majors setting out to teach children, not only here, but all over the world.

We...

Dear Findlay: A Letter to Everyone I’ve Known the Past 4 Years

Dear Findlay (and everyone affiliated),

August 2014, was the beginning of my senior year of high school. For most of my classmates, that meant preparing...

Use Your Words

For my last blog post of the academic year (I’ll be back this fall), I thought I’d provide some educational value to your valuable...

The Senioritis Struggle (or lack thereof): Part 2

Senioritis: sen·ior·i·tis: noun humorous: A supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation...

Freshman Year Lessons: An End of the Year Reflection

Looking back on my freshman year at Findlay, I have learned so much. It would be almost impossible to write about how many lessons...

To a New Beginning!

So, it’s almost the end of this semester! Almost the end of me being a freshman! They say time flies. It does.

There are so...

Surviving the End of the Semester: Tips & Tricks

The last few weeks of the semester are always the hardest. Suddenly, everything that you put off because “It isn’t due until the end...

Mazza Museum – Get the Picture!

It’s hard to believe, but not everyone who goes to UF has been to one of my favorite spots on campus: the Mazza Museum. It...

Passionate Students + Humble Leadership + Above & Beyond Mentality = @TheOiler10

On August 19, 2016, Professor Scott Grant, Ed.D., gathered 10 students (including myself) together in Old Main, Room 203. Barely any of us knew...

My Kind of Spring Break

If you are a follower of UFindlay Instagram or my Instagram profile, you may have seen that I had the great opportunity to be...

Let’s Celebrate More Birthdays

More than likely, someone in your life or someone you know has been affected by cancer.

In 2008, when I was just 10 years old,...