We kept 400 people entertained for 12 hours with moon bounces, sports tournaments, face painting, raffles, the always adored morale dance and of course, food. More importantly, our 400 participants were entertained by the Children’s Miracle Network kids and families in attendance. We knew the families were on their way, so when they showed up we created a human tunnel (it was massive, as you could expect), and tunneled them in, cheering, clapping and welcoming the children and families. They were introduced to the crowd and then set free to enjoy the event. All of us couldn’t wait to start connecting with the kids and families, so for as long as we could we played, jumped, ran, ate, danced and just hung out with some pretty amazing kids. We got to hear several stories from Miracle families about their Miracle Children: what condition they have, the types of treatment needed and how Children’s Miracle Network has helped them in making the treatment possible.
Last year we had small square red, white and yellow pieces of paper that were given to participants as they walked in. The goal was that the participants were supposed to write a small note saying, basically, why they were there – we wanted to know why they came to SHOCKERTHON 2013 to stand for 12 hours for a bunch of kids that they didn’t even know. The notes would eventually be arranged to resemble the Children’s Miracle Network logo. Many didn’t know what to write, so they didn’t write anything at all when they arrived because they’d never reflected on that question – “Why?” The CMN logo was pretty bare at the beginning of the event. As the hours passed and as more time was spent listening to Miracle stories and hanging out with such inspiring kids, the logo began to slowly fill in as people began realizing why they came to this event, and why others had come the two years before. Near the end of the event there were hundreds of notes with a common theme – For The Kids. SHOCKERTHON 2013 caused hundreds of college students and community members to reflect on what they were truly doing with their last 12 hours. Everyone was there For The Kids – to raise money and awareness for the kids we didn’t know and to understand the struggle of the kids we were blessed to know that day.
SHOCKERTHON 2013 surpassed their goal of $50,000.00 to raise an amazing $57,165.00. 2013’s event was incredibly impactful in the lives of Wichita State Students and the community of Wichita. To know that every penny raised goes to help kids in our own community – some of the same kids we just dedicated 12 hours to – is a beautiful thing. I can’t wait to see the success in the coming years of SHOCKERTHON. FTK!!