Children from Cache County made nearly 3,000 visits to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City last year. Many of those families are struggling with the high cost of medical bills that comes with getting the necessary treatment for their little ones. Students from Utah State University are on a mission to help out.
Utah State is joining 350 schools across North America in a nationwide effort to raise money for sick children and families in need. The student-led movement is called Miracle Network Dance Marathon and it supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Students at USU are calling their event Aggiethon and money raised will help provide life-saving care to children here in Cache Valley.
“These kids don’t get to choose that they have these illnesses and neither do the parents and the medical bills that come with it,” according to student event coordinator Jenna Stoker. She said, “The big idea of this is to help those kids and families to be able to pay for those medical bills and to be able to make it through all the trials and challenges that come their way.”
USU is hosting various fundraising events around campus during the week of November 12th. Students are also out in the community raising money by getting local businesses and residents to pitch in.
The big event is Saturday, November 17th. That’s when students head to the Taggart Student Center Ballroom for eight hours of dancing. The dance marathon goes from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Students are hoping to raise $20,000. If you’d like to help out, you can visit the website at events.dancemarathon.com.