I started my involvement with WSU Dance Marathon my senior year of college at WSU. It was the inaugural Dance Marathon at Wichita State University. When I look back at the first year, I never truly appreciated this event and what it can do for so many families. When the SAE’s asked if any one was interested in planning an event to raise money for CMN, I jumped on board. I enjoyed planning events and I thought it would be a great addition to my resume. Little did I know, by the end of the first event, benefiting my resume was the last thing on my mind.
At the end of the first Dance Marathon, my life had been changed forever. Meeting the CMN children and their families gave me a whole new outlook on life. These kids were given an incredibly tough situation, but you would never know it by their attitudes. They are the happiest and most grateful kids I have ever been around. They are thankful for each day and they live their lives to the fullest. Meeting these kids and families has given me a new outlook on life, I now try each day to appreciate the little things and I am thankful for each day.
I decided to take on an advisory role of this group this past year, as I still wanted to feel the joy of touching the lives of CMN kids across Kansas. Not only am I thankful for all of the generous donations made by our sponsors and family and friends, I am thankful for each and everyone one of the members of the executive team. These students have stepped up to the plate to not only give their time and effort, but they inspire others to do the same.
Whether you are looking to get involved in planning SHOCKERTHON or you just love attending the event each year, I encourage you to take a moment to talk with just one CMN kid and your life will forever be changed.
SHOCKERTHON is made possible by the donations from our generous sponsors. A special thanks to our sponsors Mel Hambelton Ford, Kansas Star® Arena, Meritrust Credit Union, Auto Masters, Credit Union of America, Cessna United Friendship Fund, Cargill® and the Learjet Employees Care Fund. Without the contributions from these sponsors, this event would not have the lasting impact that it does on the community.
For the Kids,