MORAL(E) OF THE STORY

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MORAL(E) OF THE STORY

Hello and happy Friday eve to all of my friends,

Summer went out with a bang and threw some shade as it left (literally because we got shaded out by the eclipse), but I am so happy that the school year has kicked off, and I am back in potato land with just over 22,000 of my friends. So here we are, in the third week of school, or as I’d like to call it, the third week funk- because I am trying to get back into a routine of things, which is kind of like training a heard of cats, aka not happening.

But you know what is happening? APPLICATIONS!! We are so excited to grow our team and spread all of the love we can by bringing together and inspiring our community, with the passion and drive that YOU all have inside of your hearts and your minds. Formerly known as FTK, the application for The Krew (AND MORALE) has been released. This is a new format and a tier system that works with you and your time obligations and how invested you want to be.

  • The 3 tiered system goes like this:
    • TOP “Miracle Makers”:
      • A right hand and go to for Exec
        • Will be asked to be at all things and work alongside exec team Leader to make sure events run smoothly throughout the year
    • TOP “MORALE”:
      • Learn overall morale dance that will be taught at THE event,
        • Lead flash mobs that will happen throughout the year
        • Bring your spunk and excitement
      • Send texts to dancers
    • MIDDLE “DreaMTeam”:
      • Attend give back nights and fundraising events throughout the year
      • Attend tabling events
      • Help with chalking
    • BOTTOM “Playmakers”:
      • Month/Week/Day of helpers. WE NEED YOU!

If this is something you are on the fence about, take a leap and hear me out: Dance Marathon has changed the way I do everything- the way I think, the way I interact, the way I love and the way I believe. Dance Marathon has brought me to my closest friends, while continuing to build friendships and create a bond between people who love with their whole hearts. Dance Marathon is a team of students who believe in something bigger than themselves, that fight for the tiny hero’s who fight every single day for their own lives. Dance Marathon is something the tiny hero’s believe in and hold near and dear to their hearts so that they can make it to the next one. Dance Marathon is second to none in their hearts, just as it is in mine. I hope you will join us, and bring your bright love, strong emotion, and encouraging drive to this organization.

 

We can’t wait for you, Boise State,

For the kids,

-Eliz

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Always for the kids

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Always for the kids

One month, and counting, until we are all back together in Bronco Nation, a place where we are bonded by bleeding blue and honoring orange. A place where grass doesn’t grow green, but rather blue. A place where we stand tall with passion, alongside our friends who have turned into family.

As I sit and fumble around with the words that are leaving my fingertips to write this, and try not to get all emotional and teary eyed, all I am able to do is giggle and laugh. Thinking about all of the memories that have been created with some of the strongest people on this planet, the ones who have gone through more in their lifetime than most of us will ever have to experience. The Kids, or as I like to call them, the tiny super humans who are stronger than Superman or Wonderwoman could ever be. They are the heroes we all look up to, even if we have to squat down to do it.

Dance Marathon is so much more than a fundraiser. Dance Marathon is about relationships. Relationships with the kids, with our peers, with parents and siblings. It is relationships with our community and our school. Dance Marathon is inspiring, to us and it is inspiring to students and people throughout the country. Dance Marathon is one generation fighting for the next.

A lot can happen in 17 hours, and that’s no joke; questionable dance moves will be performed, songs will be sung, hands will be held, stories will be told- the good ones that require and immense amount of imagination, and ones that require an immense amount of hope. In 17 hours we are able to experience what is not tangible, emotions range from high to low, 17 hours will give you the inspiration to be inspired.

I am excited to embark on this upcoming journey with those who have danced alongside us before, and would like to offer the warmest welcome to all of the new Broncos who will dance alongside us this year. We dance for the champions at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, we dance for Boise State and we dance for you.

 

We can’t wait for you, Boise State

 

For The Kids

-Eliz

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This is Dance Marathon

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This is Dance Marathon

Today marks a push we’ve been striving for, for the entirety of this school year. The buzz is in the air and the excitement has begun. Boise State Dance Marathon is here.

A journey that began last year embarks on its final frontier today, as we dance our hearts out For The Kids. We’ve pushed this entire year to meet $80,000. However, this is the moment we come together and push for our best, no matter the number. Dance Marathon’s endeavor does not end after meeting a desired goal. Our efforts stay firm beyond the tangible – and today – we reach for the extraordinary. Today, our efforts begin.

Our mission is to stand tall for the champions of St. Luke’s in the greatest 17 hours of our lives. Boise State Dance Marathon exists to inspire EVERYONE to find a reason to dance. We dance for the champions of St. Luke's, we dance for Boise State, we dance for you. 

This is Dance Marathon.

– Tommy Lippman

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12 Days and Counting

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12 Days and Counting

It’s 3:22pm as I sit to write this dribble of conglomerated run-on sentences. The French press is kicking in. There’s a delicate, near deliberate, cadence to the slow dance between the sun and clouds behind me. I can’t help but fervently glance at the upper right-hand corner of my computer screen; 3:42pm.

As the clock ticks closer to Dance Marathon 2016, we reach a pivotal moment in the countdown. 55% of $80,000 in donations met and we’ve pulled down the donor thermometer from our event page. Suspense seeps over me. $35,000 to go and we can only hope to meet our goal.

The idea of time and the premium humans place on it replays in my head over and over again. I begin to wonder if the champions of St. Luke’s value time the way the rest of the world does. Do they measure time in visits to the hospital, positive test results, or birthdays celebrated? The question persists.

If time is best measured through every smile, laugh, and moment shared at Dance Marathon, we believe $80,000 makes it possible for even more champions to live this reality. 

We appreciate every ounce of effort placed into Dance Marathon through the students of Boise State and members of the community. We understand the value of donors' and participants' time. With this thought in mind, if every donor can only give one time this year, we ask each and every reader to remember our cause moving forward. Boise State Dance Marathon doesn't measure success in dollars. We measure success in decibels of laughter, joy, and the opportunity to celebrate the champions of St. Luke’s. This is why we dance. This is why we donate. 

Another glance at the upper right-hand corner of my screen; 5:25pm. The clock ticks forward. As the sun sets behind me, it continues to dance over my shoulder like Boise State will dance for the champions of St. Luke's in 12 short days.

$80,000 to raise, 17 hours to dance, 12 days to go. Let's do this, Boise State.

- Tommy Lippman

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Thank You

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Thank You

Giving thanks has become the catch 22 of DM this holiday season. While giving thanks becomes a comforting idea for most, acting on it is only a priority for few. The buzz of finals celebrations, GPA calculating, and super senior graduations can be occupying around this time of year. Who can blame students for a little self indulgence? After all, it is the holidays. So, just how can students give thanks this holiday and why should it matter?  

We think one way to start celebrating thanks is by making a promise; a promise to be a reason for someone else to give thanks every day. We thank you for designated driving on the weekends, holding down a spot in the innovation lab for your squad, and retweeting DJ Khaled’s words of wisdom. These actions bring us together each day in a wonderful web of thanksgiving. And for this, we appreciate you.

Beyond our appreciation for these worthy acts of praise, we’re truly thankful for those who make Dance Marathon a reality for the children of St. Luke's. Those who give back offer everyone a reason to celebrate thanks and an even greater reason to reach $80,000 for St. Luke's Children's Hospital. This is why we believe giving thanks matters.

Will you be a cause for someone else to give thanks this holiday? 

Merry Christmas and dance on, BSU.

- Tommy Lippman

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Because We Said We Would.

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Because We Said We Would.

With 80 days on the clock, Dance Marathon took last week to look deeper into the heart of its endeavor. The time to focus on the promise Dance Marathon is making to Boise State and to the children of St. Luke’s, is now. Drawing inspiration from a gripping presentation by Alex Sheen of because I said I would, Dance Marathon examines its commitment to our cause moving forward. Every member of the Dance Marathon organization is bound to a common goal, the challenge and commitment of raising $80,000 for the children of St. Luke’s Hospital and to provide the night of a lifetime for the 16 champions of Dance Marathon. But linking Dance Marathon to a common goal is only the first step in materializing $80,000. In striving to achieve this lofty goal, accountability becomes DM’s greatest asset.

We’ve asked ourselves: Why do we dance? Is it for the kids, for ourselves, or the pure sake of dancing 17 hours straight? All of these questions challenge our dedication to the cause. However, the promise binding us together, the answer that makes us dance, the reason we do it for the kids, simply put, is because we said we would.

So, this is our promise to you: the reader, the dancer, the participant, the face of Boise State and the backbone of Dance Marathon. We promise to raise $80,000 for St. Luke’s Hospital and the champions of Dance Marathon. Why? Because we said we would, without compromise. But, we can’t raise this money alone. For every member of Dance Marathon making the promise to raise $80,000, we need YOU to make the same commitment. Some may argue that leadership is a position, we argue that it is a choice. As Dance Marathon challenges itself to lead this mission for the children of St. Luke’s, we ask you to also make the choice to lead the community in this endeavor towards $80,000. Together, we can make a difference for ourselves, for Boise State, and most importantly - For The Kids.

because I said I would.

- Tommy Lippman

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Dance Marathon: Where Champions Are Celebrated

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Dance Marathon: Where Champions Are Celebrated

Champions valiantly defend their cause, surpassing all rivals in the face of defeat. Champions stand tall, making strides towards greatness as competition trails behind. Champions triumph against all odds in the path forged towards victory. At Boise State University, Dance Marathon is where champions are celebrated.

The Boise State Dance Marathon team believes in challenging the community to build a foundation for change that creates lasting effects on children, students, and the surrounding community. Boise State Dance Marathon revolves around one belief; change is always within reach, if you are willing to grab it, go out and get it.

Dance Marathon strives to support the care and treatment of St. Luke's children and to celebrate exemplary champions who overcome huge battles. As Boise State University kicks off its 2016 campaign, we recall a notable champion of St. Luke's Children's Hospital, Vann Edwards. Born on December 13, 2008 Vann Makai Edwards was birthed at 25 weeks gestation. He weighed 1 lb. 13 oz. and was 13.5 inches long. Vann experienced PDA ligation, a bilateral intraventricular hemorrhage, kidney reflux and an onslaught of life threatening obstacles before his first breath of air. Fast-forward 103 painstaking days in the St. Luke’s NICU, and 6 lb. 8 oz. Vann was finally released homeward after a miraculous recovery.

For the first 2 years of his life, Vann received developmental home therapy in cognitive and rudimentary skill building geared toward his gestational age. According to Vann’s mother and father, the care Vann received at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital was indispensable, as they couldn’t have asked for a greater experience under such circumstances. The NICU staff and Vann’s specialty physicians hold a special place in the hearts of Vann's family and the Boise State Dance Marathon family as Dance marathon exists to support the foundations provided by the implacable staff and care provided by St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

Boise State University continues to work with Dance Marathon and champions like Vann Edwards because of its effects both directly on the children of St. Luke’s hospital and indirectly with the community, students, and children affected along the way. Dance Marathon helps St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital maintain the best care and advancements in the care of children of all ages. Boise State Dance Marathon also strives to build awareness in the community about the need to sustain and support our local Children’s Hospital.

Follow the Dance Marathon blog for insight about champions like Vann Edwards and news leading up to the Boise State Dance Marathon 2016 with St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

For The Kids,

Tommy Lippman

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