Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon hosted the organization’s annual “For the Kids” 5k (FT5K), Wednesday evening in order to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The neon-themed run/walk FT5K began at the College’s Welcome Center parking lot and ended with a party on the island in front of Haggar Parlor.Dance Marathon is a student run organization hosted by hundreds of colleges throughout the nation that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). President of Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon and senior Kristen Millar said all the money from the group’s fundraising events throughout the school year will go to Riley Hospital for Children.“CMN is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing medical treatment for critically or chronically ill children, free of cost,” Millar said. “CMN gives Riley Hospital for Children the opportunity to provide medical treatment to all children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”After the 5k, the party on the island had food, water, music, glow sticks, a raffle and shirts priced at $2 for participants to buy.“Each year we have done a 5k on campus to try to incorporate community involvement with our events,” Millar said. “The FT5K is also a great way to spread awareness on campus and embodies the marathon’s mission of staying on one’s feet for those who can’t.”At the end of the 5k, Dance Marathon announced that the 2015 Dance Marathon theme will be superheroes.Co-fundraising chair, Maranda Pennington, helped organize the 5k, and said she is excited for the superhero-themed marathon. She said, her goal is to make 2015 the best year for the club and encourage more students to attend the fundraising events.“It is something that I have become extremely passionate about after hearing personal testimonies from Riley families that our funds have helped and I can’t imagine dedicating my free time to anything else,” Pennington said.Dance Marathon will be hosting numerous events for students to get involved and help a great cause. Millar said she wants to encourage more students to participate as Dancers during the marathon and to attend the other fundraising events.“Throughout the year, we will host give back nights at local restaurants, such as Five Guys and Let’s Spoon,” Millar said. “We also normally host a salon rouge night and last year, we hosted a Riley trivia night on campus. In February, we will have a week dedicated to Riley with various events such as Zumba, crafts and dinner with some of the Riley families.“Students should participate and attend Dance Marathon in the spring because it is truly an amazing and inspiring event that benefits a wonderful hospital, and without marathons such as the one at Saint Mary’s, Riley Hospital for Children would not be able to provide care for all children regardless of their financial situation,” she said.In honor of it being Dance Marathon’s 10th year as a recognized club on campus, Millar said the goal for the year is to raise $90,000 for the children of Riley Hospital.“It is [also] our goal to collaborate with different clubs and organizations on campus, but ultimately, our goal is to raise awareness and to tell the stories of families who have benefitted from the amazing care Riley provides … It is truly amazing to hear the stories of Riley patients lives [we have] been able to touch,” Millar said.Tags: Dance Marathon, DM, FT5k, FTK, riley hospital for children, superheroes
Swansea, with eight changes, were showing few signs of fatigue following their midweek Europa League tie, which saw the squad fly straight to Norfolk from Switzerland to try to minimise further travel disruption. Winger Nathan Redmond remained Norwich’s best outlet down the right, but lacked anyone arriving in the Swansea box to get on the end of his positive runs. When Hooper did get in behind Williams and through on goal, after drawing Vorm off his line before cutting back out, he could only blast a shot high and wide of the top right corner. As half-time approached there was a lengthy stoppage after Dyer and Bassong collided on the halfway line, with the Swansea midfielder appearing to fall heavily on his ankle. He was eventually taken off on a stretcher to hospital with a suspected fractured ankle. Alejandro Pozuelo came on. Norwich saw a scrambled six-yard effort from Fer glanced over the crossbar by Williams, but before the break the home side drew level with a goal of the highest quality. There looked little danger when a long ball upfield was knocked down by Johan Elmander into the path of Hooper. However, some 25 yards out, the one-time Scunthorpe frontman took one touch on his chest before leathering a superb shot back up over Vorm and into the roof of the net. Norwich started the second half in more positive fashion as Bassong headed wide from a corner. Swansea remained patient and looked to pick out openings when the hosts were sloppy in possession. After an hour’s play Vorm was booked for time-wasting, having tested the referee’s patience once too often. Norwich almost took the lead in the 69th minute when a corner was headed goalwards by Turner, with the ball dropping off the underside of the crossbar onto the back of Jordi Amat’s head and then somehow over. With 16 minutes left, Michu was replaced by Wilfried Bony but it was Norwich who came closest to a winner. Vorm’s attempted punch clear spun out for a corner, and the Swansea keeper then redeemed himself with a fine reaction save to deny Hooper from the resulting corner. Former Celtic striker Hooper, who scored in the win at West Brom last weekend, lashed home after collecting a knockdown on his chest in first-half stoppage time. Dyer had capitalised on some poor defending from Norwich captain Sebastien Bassong to put the Welsh side ahead early on. Press Association However, the midfielder was taken from the pitch on a stretcher before half-time after falling on his ankle in a challenge with the Canaries defender. The club later tweeted to report: “Initial x-ray shows no obvious break to Dyer’s ankle. However, he will have further scans tomorrow before final diagnosis.” Norwich saw a second-half header from Michael Turner hit the crossbar and then deflect over, before Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm saved well at point-blank range from Hooper, but neither side could fashion a winning goal. Norwich – whose victory at West Brom gave manager Chris Hughton some much-needed breathing space – started brightly as full-back Steven Whittaker fired an angled drive just wide on the overlap. Swansea, though, also looked dangerous with Pablo Hernandez’s low shot only a few inches off target after a smart turn on the edge of the Norwich penalty area. The visitors went ahead in the 12th minute. Norwich captain Bassong, who signed a new contract in midweek, was left trailing in pursuit of a high ball from Ashley Williams by Dyer. As the ball bounced at the edge of the penalty area, Dyer promptly lifted it over the advancing Norwich goalkeeper and into an empty net. The home fans were soon groaning again when referee Michael Oliver failed to award a penalty when a header down from Leroy Fer hit Angel Rangel on the hand as the defender jumped at the far post. Gary Hooper scored a superb 25-yard effort to earn Norwich a 1-1 draw against Swansea at Carrow Road, where Nathan Dyer looked to have suffered a serious ankle injury after earlier putting the visitors in front.