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OU Students Go Above and Beyond for Oklahoma's Kids

Friday, March 22, 2013 - Campus News -

The 17th Annual Soonerthon, held on Saturday, March 9th, raised a record-breaking $196,034 to benefit Children's Hospital Foundation. Over 1,500 University of Oklahoma Students came together ‘For the Kids' and almost doubled the amount of funds raised by the event in 2012. 

"Soonerthon is fast becoming one of the top Dance Marathons in the nation, pushing into the top 15 of over 150 nationwide," said John Fraser, Soonerthon Overall Chair. "We hope to continue improving our event and consistently developing all of our students to help raise money for the kids."

While nonstop dancing kept the students entertained, interaction and activities with Miracle Children kept them inspired. For twelve straight hours, students participated in color wars, a miracle kids talent show, line dances and a children's carnival just to name a few.

While the participants of Soonerthon strive to set record breaking totals, they never lose sight of the true purpose of the event, which is to stand for kids who can't. Soonerthon is able to raise wide-spread awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and all the families with children that are impacted by life-threatening illnesses.

Soonerthon is Oklahoma's largest student-run philanthropic event and is the culmination of year-round fundraising efforts to benefit Oklahoma's children. To continue to support Soonerthon, text CMN4KIDS to 50555 and a $5 donation will be charged to your next phone bill.

Soonerthon is sponsored by Love's Travel Stops, American Fidelity, BancFirst, Coca-Cola, Student Alumni Association, Sanicola Family, Louie's Bar & Grill, Fuzzy's Taco's, President's Office, Office of Provost, Seven47 and Housing and Food.

For more information on Soonerthon, visit or contact Linzy Hall, CMN Hospitals Senior Development Officer, at 405-271-2208 or

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. 

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:

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