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KUMC Miracle Makers Kick Off Year

The students at KU Medical Center have taken a fresh approach to their fundraising and overall interaction with Children’s Miracle Network this year.  What was formerly a small group of students embarking on a yearlong process of planning a four-hour dance marathon event has now become a large group of students from all medical professions on campus dedicated to planning fundraisers, events for CMN families and educational events throughout the year.

Led by 2nd year Physical Therapy student, Jackson Mores, this group has hit the ground running!  Jackson was heavily involved in the Dance Marathon program at Iowa State University, where he completed his undergraduate studies.  It was during those years that he saw the impact that Children’s Miracle Network had on families and how it made such a difference in the lives of the children they helped.  “Children’s Miracle Network will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Mores.  “I’ve been able to see first-hand the smiles, relief, and the pure, unadulterated joy it can bring. It’s an organization that is committed to supporting miracle kids and their families…but most importantly, kids are regarded like the superheroes they truly are.  We’re excited to take on this new opportunity at KU Medical Center and cannot wait to help impact the lives of both students and miracle families.”

Throughout the year, the student-led group will be planning multiple fundraising events, from percentage nights at local restaurants to creative and fun on-campus events, to raise funds to support the mission of CMN.  They will also be planning four family-centered events, where families being treated at KU Pediatrics can come, have some fun and just be a kid.  There will also be monthly opportunities for their members to educate the campus on CMN and pediatric-centered issues that are facing families today.

But overall, their greatest goal is to develop a deeper connection with the kids that walk through the doors of this campus in order to get healthy or to stay healthy.  In this inaugural year, the first year students from each class (physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, medical students) will be connected with a specific family to get to know.  That class will continue with that family throughout their time on campus.

The nursing students connected with their family, Preston & Reid Walker along with Mom & Dad, Lorna & Tim, where they had pizza and homemade ice cream sundaes.  The boys had a blast showing the students their rooms and getting to know everyone.  They are already looking forward to the next time they can get together!