CMNH Outside of Miss America
Updated: Apr 7
The University of Alabama Dance Marathon: BAMAthon
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is not only the philanthropic partner of the Miss America Organization, but it’s also the heart of the Miracle Network Dance Marathon movement.
To provide the best care for kids, Children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Its various fundraising partners and programs help the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide:
Research and Development
Child Life Specialists
New Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy Equipment
As a student at the University of Alabama, one of the first things I got involved with on-campus was the University of Alabama’s Dance Marathon. I began as a member of UADM in the First-Year Involvement Committee. Towards the end of our year, the committee asked us to choose a different place to serve for the weeks leading up to our 13.1-hour Main Event. I decided on the Hospital Relations Committee. At the time, I was pursuing a career in healthcare.
As a member of this committee, I helped organize and plan for our Main Event the week prior, working hard to paint signs, set out activities and specific items, and anything else asked of me. On the day of the Main Event, all members of First-Year Involvement were released from staff duties and experienced the dance marathon in the same fashion as a Miracle Maker, or someone who was not a member of our staff.
Opportunities to contribute to the care and nurturing of kids and their families at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is just one of many reasons I’m glad to be a student at Bama and a local titleholder in the Miss America Organization. I look forward to telling you more about it and the honor of being Miss Hastings in future posts!