The majority of the participants at SHOCKERTHON are not personally affected by children’s illnesses. At the Big Event, we get to meet some of the Children’s Miracle Network families and hear their stories, but this is just a small glimpse of the impact SHOCKERTHON has on the CMN families. This is exactly what makes this organization so incredible. Seeing hundreds of college students come together for the simple purpose of standing for the kids who can’t is really a testament to how important this cause is.
The Big Event is a time for these participants to have fun, raise money, and see how their involvement can help the Children’s Miracle Network families. For the other 364 days out of the year, SHOCKERTHON’s Executive Team works tirelessly to ensure they are doing everything possible to help these families. Being on the Morale Team feels like such a minor contribution compared to their year-round dedication to this cause.
Over these four years, I have had the unique opportunity to see the growth of the organization and of those on SHOCKERTHON’s Executive Team as well. To see these individuals care so deeply not just for the success of the Big Event but for the families and the cause too is a humbling and inspiring experience. They recognized a need to help these kids and turned it into the largest philanthropy event at Wichita State.
People always say that college is the only time in your life that you’re allowed to be selfish, but I’ve personally never been a huge fan of this idea. When I look back on my experience at Wichita State, I don’t want to remember the times I was selfish. I want to remember standing for a total of 48 hours at the Big Event, dancing on the Morale Team with some of my best friends, and raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network families. I want to remember doing it for the kids.
SHOCKERTHON is made possible by the donations from our generous sponsors. A special thanks to our Exclusive, Angel and Dream Sponsors: Credit Union of America, Learjet Employee Fund, Uplift, Kansas Gas Services, Cobham and Paul Mitchell. Without the contributions from our sponsors, SHOCKERTHON and our Big Event would not have the lasting impact that it does on the community.
For the Kids,