It’s been such an honor to welcome 247 participants and 27 teams to our movement so far. Thank you to each and every one of you for making an effort to give back to the SDSU and Rady Children’s Hospital communities, especially in times like these. Whether you have participated in DM at SDSU before or this is your very first time, we are so happy that you have chosen to be a part of our movement. Registration is open from now until our February main event, and if you haven’t registered yet you can do so here.
Although this year hasn’t looked exactly as we expected it to, we are so proud of all our program has been able to accomplish in the last 6 months, even though we’ve been online-only since mid-March.
In February 2020, we revealed our total of $365,221.54 For The Kids & families at Rady Children’s Hospital, officially taking us over the $1 million total raised mark and ensuring we continue to hold the title of “Best In The West”. We had an incredibly successful year and were able to celebrate our accomplishments with other Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs nationwide at the first ever virtual Dance Marathon Leadership Conference. DM at SDSU was awarded the “Merchandise Award” for our 2020 event’s stickers and Comma Club headbands. Participants receive a headband after raising $1,000 For The Kids, and they have become a beloved tradition for our program. Check out this blog post from Children’s Miracle Network to learn more about this award.
Now that fundraising is in full swing and we are back to taking classes at SDSU, our organization is extremely excited to make the most of this year. Even though life as we know it has changed and the way we’re operating looks a little different than it has in years prior, our movement is still just as committed to changing kids’ health to change the future.
As of now, all events scheduled for this fall 2020 semester will be held virtually. We are committed to protecting the kids and families that we raise awareness and funds for and are taking all of the steps necessary to make sure we can do just that! Not only does that mean events like our annual Aztec Night and our various push days will happen virtually, but our 58-person Leadership Team is also meeting virtually behind the scenes to plan an amazing year. DM at SDSU is taking this pandemic seriously, and we encourage all of you to join us in doing your part to protect our region’s vulnerable kids (and adults!) by social distancing and wearing masks when out in public.
Since we’ll be online-only for the time being, stay up to date with what our movement is up to by following us on social media! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok @dmatsdsu to read new family stories, meet our board members, celebrate teams and participants’ fundraising efforts and learn more about our upcoming events.
One of our biggest takeaways from the past six months is that you can’t predict the future. So, as the year goes on, we aim to be as flexible and as transparent as possible. I hope you join us in embracing the change that this year has already brought and continues to bring in the future. We can’t wait to make even more miracles this year!
- Hannah Geeser, Dance Marathon at SDSU Executive Director