The Great 208

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The Great 208

The reality has finally sank in - we did it!! Two. Zero. Eight. Although I’ve come to terms with our success, there’s still a part of me that can’t believe that we did it, that the year is over, and that DM 2019 is officially complete. I want to say thank you to all of our supporters. Everyone, including our sponsors, donors, miracle makers, campus partners, families, and friends - this event wouldn’t have been a success if it weren’t for each and every one of you! This truly was a year to remember. We laughed, we cried, we stressed, we drove around Southern Idaho, and most importantly - we had fun!

Our feet have recovered from the extensive 17 hours of dancing and fun, and most of us have likely caught up on sleep by now (but who ever really has enough sleep)? We had a blast dancing with our miracle kiddos! Seeing their smiling faces and crazy dance moves kept us motivated all night long. We saw dance moves from flossing, to the dab, and everything in between. We were honored to be surrounded by such amazing kids, who are going through or who have gone through more than most of the rest of us will ever have to experience.

This year included so many highlights that I can’t capture them in a single blog post. Some things that stuck out to our team this year were the nights out with the Steelheads, the Chick Fil A fundraisers, the day-long fundraiser at Dutch Bros on Broadway, Child Health Day, and our big 100 Days out event. The overflowing amount of community support we received through all of these events was simply amazing. We are very fortunate to live in the city of Boise and the Great 208. Setting our goal for $208,000 was ambitious, but we wanted to make strides bigger than Dance Marathon at Boise State had ever seen before. We’ve heard in the past that “if the number doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough”. We used $208K as motivation from August through February, because focusing on our awesome miracle kids in the great state of Idaho was our number one goal.

We are forever thankful for everything that happened this year. We cultivated great relationships with community partners and took Dance Marathon to the next level at Boise State. For the graduating seniors, on behalf of our entire Exec Team, I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to this organization and cause. To the Morale Team who kept the energy all night through crazy costumes and dance moves, thank you. To Feet In The Street members, thank you for diving into this organization head first and being open to help in every area possible. To the families and kids who came and danced your hearts out for as long as you could be there, thank you. YOU are the reason we dance. We will continue to dance every year for each kid spending time at St. Luke’s Children’s. On behalf of the Executive Team and all 1,025 miracle makers that signed up to make a difference in kids’ lives, thank you EVERYONE for an amazing event. Dance Marathon 2018-19 is one I will personally never forget, and I hope everyone reading this feels the same way. I will never forget the relationships I’ve made and the experiences I’ve had over the past four years. Dance Marathon will forever hold a huge place in my heart, and I look forward to continuing my involvement in the future as an alumni so I can continue to help the kids. Thank you for a year I will never forget. Dance Marathon, we did it. We raised $208,014.67 FOR THE KIDS!!! Stay tuned for details, applications, and involvement opportunities coming soon for Dance Marathon 2020!

CLICK HERE to see this awesome recap video created by Dixie Thompson!

Always For The Kids,

Duncan Robertson


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The Final Push

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The Final Push

Well folks, we’ve officially made it to the final week of DM 2019. One week from today, we will have danced, laughed, cried, ate good food, made new friends, hugged and cheered, and most importantly -- made an impact on kids’ lives that will last forever. At 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, we will turn over some numbers. We have been chasing an ambitious goal of $208,000 all year. Even though we raised $203,000 last year, that is A LOT of money. With that being said, I am confident in this team. I am confident in our miracle makers. I am confident in the community. I am confident in YOU! No matter your contributions this year, please know you’ve made a difference. From freshmen to seniors, $50-4,000 fundraisers, and good to bad dancers, you have been a huge part of this movement!

Join us at Chick-Fil-A on Broadway on Tuesday, February 19 for our final giveback night of the year! Fix that chicken craving with the best there is. Whether it’s an original chicken sandwich, nuggets, or a salad, we can’t wait to have dinner with you!!

There are still five days left to put everything you’ve got into Dance Marathon, because we fight every day for the kids that are fighting a bigger fight than we can ever imagine. Every dancer has their own “WHY”. Whether it’s one of our miracle kiddos at St. Luke’s Children’s, a loved one from back home, or simply because you can -- use that as your motivation! We are still working tirelessly to raise money, register dancers, and bring awareness to the biggest movement on campus. Here are a few fundraising and registration tips to use throughout the final five days:

  • Send at least three emails each day to past donors who haven’t donated for DM 2019

  • Talk to five friends, classmates, or coworkers to help them register for the event

    • Tell them to text “208FTK” to 51555 for an easy registration link

  • Skip your daily coffee this week and donate $5 per day to your donor drive or someone who needs it (That’s $25 for coffee Monday - Friday!)

    • If you can’t go without buying coffee, Starbucks on campus offers $1 fill-ups if you bring your own travel cup!!

    • You can make up for your lack of coffee at DM … we have TWO coffee companies coming this year!!

    • Your Keurig or Mr. Coffee will do the trick for a week!

  • Offer to jumpstart your friends fundraising by donating $5 for them signing up

  • Venmo request a dollar or two from your generous friends!

The Executive Team, Morale, and Feet in the Street continue to work behind the scenes to make everything for day-of the best it can be. Our goal every year is to put on a bigger and better event than the previous year. We can only do that with YOUR help. Now is the time! Raise every dollar you can. Register every person you talk to.

Together, we are one generation fighting for the next. The kids who are just one mile down the street rely on people like us. We will continue fighting each year, because we know the impact Boise State Dance Marathon has on these kids, families, and our community. THANK YOU for your support, participation, generosity, and involvement in this movement. Every person is valuable regardless of the role you play. We can’t wait to dance with over 700 of our closest friends, and laugh, cry, and cheer because we know we gave it all we had for 17 hours.

Get ready Boise State, because in less than FIVE days we will embark on our 17 hour-long journey that feels like the best day of the year to many of us: Dance Marathon. Contact the Exec Team on boisestate.com with any questions you have! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (@boisestatedm) to stay tuned for all details leading up to Friday. LET’S DO THIS!

For the kids,

Duncan Robertson


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FIVE WEEKS UNTIL DM!

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FIVE WEEKS UNTIL DM!

Hello to all of the miracle makers, friends and families of a DMer, St. Luke’s employees, and community members! I’m ecstatic writing to you today because in exactly FIVE WEEKS we will begin dancing for 17 hours. FIVE WEEKS. Can you believe it? I sure can’t. The Executive Team, Morale, Feet in the Street and all of our dancers are working together tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for the kids. All of our efforts will culminate into our big day on February 22nd, and it will be worth every second of dedication when we flip those numbers over at 8am on the 23rd. 

I want to thank everyone who has contributed this year in any way, shape, or form. I speak for the entire organization when I give my sincerest thanks to each and every one of you. We officially succeeded in raising over $17,000 on Thursday for our annual 17k in a day event! This was truly a wonderful day packed FULL of events around town. We had a blast and it gave us a small taste of what February 22nd will feel like! Check out our recap video HERE!!

This being my fourth and final DM is very bittersweet. I remember the day I signed up for my first Dance Marathon. It was Fall 2015 and I was in my very first semester. As I was walking through the Involvement Fair, I noticed a group of energetic individuals laughing and dancing in front of a table. I signed up that day and never looked back. If you want to provide the same experience I had as a freshman, send this LINK to 3 friends when you’re done reading this and let the fun begin! REGISTER REGISTER REGISTER!!!

A couple important dates to be aware of are listed below:

Dance For The Chance, January 27th from 11:30am-5:00pm in the Student Union Building

Tater-thon, February 8th (2/08) in the afternoon (Exact time TBA) @ St. Paul’s Catholic Center (Across from the B)

Please dig deep and remember why you have invested in this organization. NOW is the time to raise money. NOW is the time to register all of your friends. NOW is the time to do whatever it is YOU need to do to make Dance Marathon the best night of the year - for you, for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, and most importantly: FOR THE KIDS! Whether you’re a participant, a donor, a community member, or fall into another category - you’ve got this! Continue to register people, raise funds, and raise awareness for the kids just 1 mile away at St. Luke’s Children’s. Together, we can #StepUpForTheKids and make this the best Dance Marathon that Boise State has ever seen!

Please feel free to contact any Exec member with questions you might have using the Exec tab (Contact -> Exec) at the top of our website. Make sure you follow us on social media to stay in the loop for everything to come! @boisestatedm | boisestatedm.com

Always FTK,

Duncan Robertson

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Step Up For The Kids

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Step Up For The Kids

Hey fellow DMers and all who support the kids! First of all, thanks to everyone who came out to the homecoming parade! We had a blast and loved sharing our passion for helping the kids with the Boise State community. I am beyond excited to write this, because on Wednesday, November 14th, we are officially 100 DAYS from the big day!! This is BIG news. With this being said, we are launching our campaign for the year: #StepUpForTheKids. You might read that and be wondering to yourself: “What does step up for the kids even mean?”. Well, let me help you out! #StepUpForTheKids has multiple meanings behind it. The main goal of this campaign is to bring our supporters, believers, and friends together to step up for the kids! Using the campaign’s hashtag, #StepUpForTheKids, will bring all of our social media posts together and provide something to look back on for years to come.

With 100 days coming up on the 14th, you might also be wondering if we are doing anything to celebrate. Wonder no more, because the list below will tell you everything you need to know!

  • DM in the Quad, 10am-2pm

    • Make sure your Venmo balance is loaded because we will have DM Swag for purchase!

      • Don’t miss your chance on water bottles, stickers, shirts, hats, and more!

    • KISS FM will be our DJ

    • St. Luke’s Children’s (They are bringing an ambulance!!)

  • Night Out with the Steelheads, 7:10pm - $15

  • Register HERE for our big day if you haven’t yet!

  • If you are registered, blast your fundraising link (donor drive) all over social media and aim to raise $100 on 100 Days!

    • Click HERE to see what items donations can go to!

Another exciting event we have coming up is our annual Formal For The Kids, or FFTK. This will be a fun night featuring dinner, a live band, and messages from our kiddos and their families. Come dine and celebrate the kids with us. Check out the details below, or click HERE to see our flyer!

  • DATE: December 4, 2018

  • TIME: 7pm-10pm

  • LOCATION: SUB, Simplot BD

  • ATTIRE: Semi-Formal

  • TICKETS: On sale NOW!

    • $20 or $17 w/student ID - Venmo @stlukeskids with subject: “Your Name”, “Your Date’s Name” (if purchasing for someone else) and “FFTK”

As a person who is entering their fourth and final Dance Marathon event, I am here to tell you that fundraising isn’t easy. I am also here to tell you that every penny is worth it when we hold up those numbers on February 23rd, 2019 at 8am. NOW is the time to ask your parents, grandparents, relatives, coworkers, bosses, baristas, and anyone else you can think of to help you reach your goal! Make small goals starting today to achieve and surpass your goal by the big day in February. It may be overwhelming right now, but if you starting asking around and getting small donations here and there, you will be surprised how fast it all adds up! Myself, along with the rest of the Exec team believes in you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to any of us for help with fundraising, because we’re all doing this together, as one big DM family. To find the Executive Team contact information, go to the CONTACT tab at the top of the website, click EXEC, and find a list of pictures, job descriptions, and email addresses. On November 14th, you will have just 100 more days to help us raise a record $208,000 and be part of Boise State DM history. Work hard for the kids, because together we can all #StepUpForTheKids and give them more birthdays, holidays, Dance Marathons, and better tomorrows.

Always FTK,

Duncan Robertson


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Cows Sliding into DM!

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Cows Sliding into DM!

Whether this is your first visit to our blog, or your 100th visit, WELCOME! I want to start out by thanking each and every one of you who contributed to Child Health Day in some way, shape, or form! Whether you made a donation, registered to be a dancer, joined us for fun in the Quad, or ate dinner with us at Chick Fil A, THANK YOU!!! We couldn’t have made that day possible without you all. We had a blast hanging out in the Quad getting to know a bunch of new faces, sliding on our giant inflatable slide, and dancing with the cow from Chick Fil A. Check out our recap video from that awesome day: https://youtu.be/zT9IQnoM8b8  

Now that the dust has settled from Child Health Day, we’ve got our eyes on some upcoming dates!

  • Homecoming Parade, November 3rd

    • Look for our float in the parade on the morning of November 3rd!

  • Chipotle Giveback Night, November 5th

    • Head on over to Chipotle on 6th and Front and enjoy dinner with us! A percentage of your purchase goes right back to DM.

  • 100 days until DM, November 14th

    • This is our BIGGEST day until the day-of on February 22nd. Join us in the Quad, at the Steelheads hockey game, and stay tuned for more events that day!

  • Night out with the Steelheads, November 14th

  • Dance Marathon 101

    • This is an excellent opportunity to come and learn more about DM and everything we do! Bring yourself, bring your friends, and come learn with us.

  • Timberline High School Giveback nights at Dickey’s BBQ

If you or your friends haven’t registered for our big day on February 22nd, please follow this link: https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=3166.

Not sure if you’re able to attend the actual event? That’s okay!! We still encourage you to register and fund raise throughout the year leading up to the event. If you’re not able to attend, we are still happy you were able to be part of our organization this year, and can’t thank you enough for your hard work and participation. If you’ve already registered but don’t know how to navigate your fundraising page (Donor Drive), don’t hesitate to reach out to any Executive Team member for help! Myself, along with the rest of the team would be happy to help you out. You can find our contact information under the “Exec” tab, or head to the “Contact Us” page and fill out your information!

Stay tuned and check in regularly for updates, fundraising tips, and all things DM!

FTK,

Duncan Robertson


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MORE MILESTONES

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MORE MILESTONES

As I am still at a loss for words over the excitement, emotion, inspiration, love and whole-hearted investment that you all gave to us- I will do my best to describe the exact feeling that was presented after a night full of dancing, laughing, singing and celebrating wit over 600 of the students at Boise State University!

Watching a room full of yellow, blue, and pink swirls, laugh, play and become friends with the same kiddos that I fell in love with three years ago is indescribable, it’s beautiful and pure. When the clock struck 10, and we formed a tunnel to send our miracle kiddos on their merry way, I was overwhelmed with the hope, love and passion that was visibly showing from each and every one of you. Tears streamed from my eyes, as if they were a waterfall. Seeing each and every one of the kiddos who interacted and played with you, grinning from ear to ear is what this is about- this is for the memories, this is for the milestones.

Thank you for continuously dancing throughout the night, even when your feet were aching, and your body was telling you to stop. The dedication that was shown was something out of the ordinary. You showed strength and battled throughout the night- just as a number of the kids at the St. Luke’s Children’s hospital do on a daily basis. Whatever your reasons, whoever your why may be for, you did it- and for that we are grateful.

Thank you for hearing us out when we shared our WHY’s, thank you for getting on the stage and showing us all that you’ve got, thank you for going to jail and bailing people out, thank you for riding the bull, thank you for buying swag. Thank you for laughing with us and standing with us throughout the night- but more importantly thank you for believing in us, and in yourself. We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.

I look forward to the days when I see a tie-dye shirt walking around campus, and I hope that you wear it proudly! You were able to help save a life and that is your tangible recognition for doing so. It is more than an alight dance party, you were part of a movement.

To each and every single donor- T H A N K  Y O U, we could not have done it without your support.

To the kids- this one is for you. Here is to more tomorrows and more milestones.

To the Seniors- thank you for dancing alongside us for your last year at Boise State, we are so honored to have you as part of our story and we hope that Dance Marathon was able to add a splash of color to your story. We wish you the best of luck and know you will do great things!

To the Juniors- as you are ending your third year and getting ready for your last and final year in college, we hope to see you one last time a year from now. We hope you will stick with us and continue making miracles happen. Enjoy your last few months, because before you know it you will be doing things for one last time.

To the Sophomores- you believed in us last year and came back stronger than ever this year, and for that we are grateful. We hope to see you as your passion grows stronger and your spark ignites brighter for the future.

To the Freshmen- you came, you danced, you experienced, you made an impact, and you believed. Thank you for listening to what others had to say about Dance Marathon and coming to experience it for yourself, we hope it lived up to all of your expectations. We hope you fell in love with the movement, just as each of us did throughout our time at Boise State 

 I am still at a loss for words (and voice), from the support and dedication that you all showed us throughout the night. Seeing the numbers as they read $203,837.18 #FTK is still something that I struggle to take in- hearing the reactions that you all showed was incredible. After re-watching the number of videos and seeing each of your posts, I still struggle to keep my emotions inside- and even this morning as I am writing this and thanking you to the best of my ability, my eyes are overflowing with memories and hope, I am quite choked up and my love for you all has grown immensely. I hope you have recovered well, and are ready to finish your spring semester strong!

We love you Boise State!

FOR THE KIDS, 

Eliz
 

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TOGETHER WE CAN

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TOGETHER WE CAN

It is a quarter to 10 and here I am more antsy than I have been all year. The number of times I have had to hit the delete button, because my hands are so shaky is UNREAL. I can’t help but imagine all of the new friends we will make tomorrow. All of the laughs that will be shared. All of the smiles that will be seen. I can’t wait to see the WORST dance moves ever, (Marcus that was a direct shoutout to you, my friend). I can’t wait to go the extra mile, because WE can.

Tomorrow’s page for your life story is going to be painted SO bright (a little birdy told me you’re going to be BEAMING with color) you will become the most inspiring people to our tiny friends. Remember that this event is more than one big GIANT dance party (which, hello of course it is) but it is also a milestone for our miracle kiddos. This marks ANOTHER year they are able to celebrate life, ANOTHER year they get to come and dance with YOU. This a MIRACLE MILESTONE.

If passion, love and excitement were something that could be tangibly measured, Boise State would be THICC (with 2 c’s) in a plethora of red hearts, the brightest most messy sparkles and the BIGGEST smiles known to man- we would be overpowering this University with HOPE.

Tonight we will be preparing for YOU, Boise State. Tonight, we will join hands and hearts as we continue to embark on this journey, multiplying our strengths and efforts to ensure our FAVORITE little hero’s and our new BEST friends are more than set for TOMORROWS BIG adventure.

I hope you push yourselves TODAY. I hope you ask people to help you help the kids. I hope today, you keep in mind all of the little hearts, the little hands and the little lives that you are raising money for. You aren’t raising money for a T-shirt and dinner, you are raising money so that someday our tiny hero friends can grow up and follow in your footsteps.

We can’t wait for you, Boise State, let's do it. 

For The Kids,

-Eliz

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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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