Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t updated in a while. To be honest, I couldn’t think of a blog post for January so therefore, I will be talking about an organization that is near and dear to my heart for Feb.
As a Child Life Student, I know the time, effort and energy that it takes to make the hospital stay as normal as possible for a child and their family. Planning events for the hospital (i.e. holiday parties, sports teams and popular characters visiting), collecting toys for the patients and other supplies that are needed.
How do child life departments receive money? How do playrooms get funded? How do healthcare professionals and others within the community raise money for a large project? This is done by countless donations and fundraisers.
At Ball State University where I attend college we have what is called: Dance Marathon! Now I am sure you have heard about this movement, but just in case you haven’t sit back and enjoy this video…
Throughout the country Dance Marathons are at large. They raise money for their local children’s hospitals and stand on their feet for hours! Colleges and high schools alike take part in this amazing event.
DM started back in 1991 at Indiana State University. A student founded dance marathon in the memory of Ryan White, a fellow student who passed away from HIV/AIDS.
Since 1991 countless students have come together from all over the nation to take part in this event. Last year alone, Miracle Network Dance Marathons raised more than $26 million. $26 million dollars! Each school raises money for something different for a certain hospital….
At Ball State, we help raise money for the Magic Castle Cart and Palliative Care for Riley Hospital for Children.
The Magic Castle Cart
Bob Baxter, former president of Riley Children’s Foundation (1991-1996), started the Magic Castle Cart program over 14 years ago as a way administer Smile Therapy to Riley patients and remain connected to the hospital. Volunteers distribute gifts including puzzles, stuffed animals, funny glasses, crayons and coloring books, lip gloss, playing cards and other treats for the children. The Magic Castle Cart program has around 12 volunteers who distribute more than 20,000 gifts to patients, siblings and parents annually. Approximately $30,000 is required annually to maintain the fleet of two carts, one specifically tailored to Ball State University.
Pediatric Palliative care is specialized medical care for children with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the child and the family.
In the summer of 2016 a playroom on the stem cell unit at Riley Hospital for Children was dedicated to Ball State University Dance Marathon. The marathon just months prior had raised enough money to have a room named in the school’s honor.
On Feb. 17, 2018 Ball State University will celebrate its 11th year of standing on their feet for 12 hours. 11 years of spreading hope, joy and happiness. 11 years of being a part of an amazing movement. 11 years of stories shared by those who received amazing care and support from Riley Hospital for Children. On Feb. 17 Ball State University will celebrate 11 years of supporting the kids! FTK! (For the Kids!)
If you would like to donate to Ball State Dance Marathon please see the link below. Thank you for your support and remember FTK!
Until Next Time!