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BaxterTHON 2023 Supports Regional Children’s Hospital – Binghamton News

Last spring, the Binghamton University Fraternity and Sorority Community held its first in-person dance marathon since 2019, raising a whopping $50,000 for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH) in the region – a 350% increase in fundraising and the largest year-over-year increase of more than 400 dance marathons across the United States and Canada .

The students are already hard at work on the next BaxterTHON, which will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Brianna Fell, Chair of the Planning Committee last year and again this year, is excited to take on the challenge.

“The kids are just amazing and it’s so worth it,” Fell said. “It’s stressful to organize an event like this, to entertain a thousand people for five hours. But it’s so worth it and it’s fun, and our committee is so dedicated.

“Attendees can come with spirit and excitement as we celebrate our Miracle Kids, who are out of this world.”

Dance marathons have been held at Binghamton University and sponsored by the fraternity and sorority community since 2013, but in the spring of 2022 the annual event was officially renamed BaxterTHON. The energy was on, the students were excited to be back in person, and as a result, BaxterTHON far exceeded pre-COVID fundraising totals.

Fell is thrilled with what she and her committee have achieved with BaxterTHON. The success of last year’s event brought her to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2022 Dance Marathon Leadership Conference, where she connected with dance marathon programs from across the country. . At the conference, Fell and his team received the Miracle Maker Award for programs that have been in existence for 10 to 14 years. After the event, organizers emailed Fell to tell him that Binghamton University was a clear winner for the award.

Awards aside, Fell said it was all about the kids. She had health problems as a child and understands the situation in which CMNH families find themselves. She likes to support the cause and the children she meets through her. Last year, a child named Alexandria participated in the dance marathon and loved it so much she stayed for the entire event. her father had to continually run outside to put more money in the parking meter.

Fell stayed in touch with Alexandria, who looked forward to returning to campus this fall to help raise awareness and announce the 2023 theme: Space Jam.

Registration for BaxterTHON 2023 is now open to all students. Teams can Register online.

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