“For the Kids” is the theme of dance marathons nationwide, supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
In 2013, Kent State University hosted its first-ever Flash-A-Thon, a dance marathon that supported the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital. 2014 marks Walsh University’s first dance marathon.
“After doing some research, we found out that Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals runs many dance marathons at colleges across the nation,” said Hannah Chalfant, dance marathon co-president at Walsh University. “We wanted to get involved because these dance marathons have had a huge impact across the nation.”
Walsh University hosted a 17-hour dance marathon April 4-5, and people signed up as individuals or created teams. Every individual who participated was required to raise $75.
“Everyone is encouraged to move the whole time they’re there,” said Chalfant. “We had different activities throughout the day such as cornhole and a photobooth. We also had team-building activities for the teams that registered to participate.”
Walsh University wanted to create a community event so they invited another local college, Malone University, to participate and help raise money for Akron Children’s.
Through the efforts of Walsh University and Malone University, 51 registered dancers raised more than $6,500 for Akron Children’s Hospital.
Kent State University’s 2nd annual dance marathon, Flash-A-Thon, brought more than 500 dancers to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Kent State University.
Flash-A-Thon chair Danielle Sainato said last year when patients came, it was the highlight of the event.
“When the patients come, it’s a reminder of why we’re doing this,” said Sainato. “People who want to register don’t think they can stand for 12 hours. When we see the patients, it’s a reminder that we need to keep going. It’s so inspiring to see the struggles they’re dealing with, and to know that they keep going.”
This year, the dance marathon at Kent State was held on April 12 and took place from noon to midnight.
The students, community, faculty and staff raised $23,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital.
“It was such a success in 2013 that we wanted to do it again,” said Sainato. “We’ll keep doing it again and again, as long as it’s successful.”
Thank you to the 600 dancers who raised $30,000 For the Kids!