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OKState Dance Marathon 'Busts a Move' for Oklahoma's Kids

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - Campus News -
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Oklahoma State University students will host the 2nd Annual OKState Dance Marathon on Saturday, February 23rd from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. to raise money and change lives. Students will create a dynamic 12-hour experience that will benefit Children's Hospital Foundation through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

In 2012, Children's Hospital had over 162,000 patient visits, 4,707 of which were from Payne County and the surrounding area. OKState Dance Marathon helps raise awareness about the importance of research, education and clinical care for children in Oklahoma like Emily, a Stillwater native.

Emily was born weighing only two pounds, eight ounces, and spent five weeks on a ventilator before returning home. Doctors later discovered that Emily was missing the top of her left femur, requiring three major surgeries and months of physical therapy. At age four, Emily was diagnosed with Portal Vein Hypertension and Esophageal Varices. Doctors performed a banding procedure on Emily to prevent the stomach problems; it was the first endoscopic procedure of its kind at The Children's Hospital. Because of the world renowned physician-scientists at The Children's Hospital, Emily doesn't have to leave Oklahoma to receive top-notch care.

"On behalf of all students involved with Dance Marathon here at Oklahoma State University, we are excited to organize an event to help raise money for the children of Oklahoma," said Jeremiah Lane, Overall OKState Dance Marathon Director.

During the twelve-hour Marathon, the Colvin Recreation Center Annex, located on the OSU campus in Stillwater, will be filled with activities such as silent auctions, a date auction, dodge ball and basketball championships and a photo booth. The total amount of funds raised by the students throughout the year will be announced at the end of the night.

Participants will be inspired by interactions and activities with Miracle Children, along with special appearances by OSU athletics and OKC Thunder Dancers.

OKState Dance Marathon is sponsored by Kicker, Daddy O's Music, Orange Tech, Fuzzy's and Jimmy John's.

To continue to support OSU Dance Marathon, text CMN4KIDS to 50555 and a $5 donation will be charged to your next phone bill. All Mobile Giving donations will be added to the grand total.

For more information on Dance Marathon, visit www.okchf.org or contact Linzy Hall, CMN Hospitals Senior Development Officer, at 405-271-2208 or linzy-hall@ouhsc.edu

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness while keeping 100 percent of donations in the community where they are raised.  Children's Hospital Foundation is a proud affiliate of CMN Hospitals and is dedicated to providing funding for pediatric programs in research, education and clinical care for Oklahoma's children. 

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ABOUT US:             
Children's Hospital Foundation, proud affiliate of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, is a nonprofit 501c (3) organization in Oklahoma improving the health of children. Since its inception in 1983, Children's Hospital Foundation, through its volunteer board and vast community support, has funded pediatric research, education and clinical programs including collaborative projects with the OU Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Children's Physicians and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust.  For more information, contact Executive Director, Kathy McCracken at 405.650.1718 or visit our website: www.okchf.org.

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