FTK 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 … Read More »
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, I lost my grandpa to cancer. When he passed away, my grandpa no longer looked like my grandpa. Cancer completely overtook him. This disease didn’t just destroy my grandpa, it destroyed my family too. Losing him at such a young age was hard for all of us. I never really understood what was going on. I realized he was sick, but I never thought that he could be here one day and gone the next. Since he passed away so young, he never got the chance to see any of his grandchildren graduate. He never got the chance to see any of us go off to college and he never got the chance to meet the … Read More »
This past Saturday, November the 11th, was University of Findlay Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s big event, OilerTHON. Sponsored by Circle K International, this ten-hour event is what we had been working towards since spring semester of 2017. We all would stand and dance for ten hours for the children who could not do this. There were competitions, t-shirts, an inflatable game, food, fundraising, hair donations and, of course, dancing! As a part of the committee, I arrived at the FRC on Friday night to start set up, then returned early Saturday morning before the dancers arrived to finish it up before our big event began. We were all very nervous about the day, because we were aware of how far we were from our overall goal of $40,000. We all knew that we had to keep pushing fundraising ALL day … Read More »
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, Ryan 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 … Read More »