Quinnipiac University students recently raised more than $115,000 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center by dancing for The kids at QTHON, a seven-hour dance marathon that attracted 900 students, in the Athletics and Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.
“We stay on our feet for the children in the hospital who don’t have the freedom to leave their beds and get up and dance,” said Christopher Diaz, a junior nursing major and co-executive director of QTHON. “Everything we do is ‘for the kids’ and it is what makes the night so special and emotional for each person who shows up.”
Leading up to QTHON, students sponsored various events and fundraisers throughout the academic year to raise money for the hospital. The management team also hosted the “Why You Dance” campaign, where students wrote reasons why they dance across their arms in an effort to promote the event. By surpassing their goal of $75,000, a cardiovascular exam room at the hospital will be named after QTHON.
“Our relationship with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has grown tremendously and I know it is a partnership that we are going to keep for many more QTHONs to come,” Diaz said. “The balance is remarkable and we are so lucky to have such an honorable reputation as a university with the hospital.”
QTHON is part of Dance Marathon, a nationwide movement by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals involving college and high school students. Since starting in 1991, Dance Marathon has raised more than $135 million for more than 170 affiliated hospitals. Last year’s QTHON raised more than $55,000.