Three years ago, the University of Mississippi decided to participate in a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ dance marathon fundraiser held at more than 150 high schools and colleges across the nation.
UM created its own RebelTHON event to help raise funds that support the Blair E. Batson Children’s hospital in Jackson, and McKenna Miles has participated the last two years.
“I honestly didn’t expect it to be as fun as it was,” Miles said. “I thought I was going to be tired and cranky all night from constant dancing, but it was much more than that. The time just flew by.”
Miles plans to dance again this year. The 12-hour dance marathon will be held April 11 and other smaller RebelTHON fundraisers are happening in Oxford.
These events include a Chick-fil-A spirit night, live music by Dan Jones and the Black Bears at Funky’s, and a fundraiser night at Soulshine Pizza Factory that was held March 1.
Lauren Keosseian, RebelTHON director of marketing and public relations, has participated in the event three years, joining the board in 2013.
“It’s a really good time for a really good cause,” Keosseian said. “I’ve met so many amazing people and have had a great time doing it, not to mention the accomplished feeling I have when I see how much money I helped to collectively raise for Batson’s Children’s Hospital.”
Keosseian helps support the cause around Oxford and travels to other schools working with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Last weekend, she traveled to Louisiana State University with five members of the RebelTHON board to participate in their school’s 12-hour dance marathon to raise money for their local children’s hospital.
Last year, RebelTHON raised $31,458. The goal this year is $50,000 after the April dance marathon. They also hope to have twice as many dancers this year.