Eastern WarriorTHON Raises $11,600 for CT Children's Hospital

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (04/09/2018) Eastern Connecticut State University's first-ever dance marathon-WarriorTHON-was held on April 7 and raised $11,613 for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. More than 200 students danced and raised the most funds of any first-year Miracle Network Dance Marathon in Connecticut.

The chief organizer of WarriorTHON was Eastern student Lauren Landry, a sophomore psychology major from Rumford, RI. "I understand firsthand the impact that these donations have on patients of children's hospitals, as I was a child in a hospital bed many years ago," said Landry, who has had three open-heart surgeries. "I want to make an impact on every child's hospital stay, and help them understand that we support them."

In affiliation with Miracle Network Dance Marathon, all proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. In addition to a night of dancing, WarriorTHON included food, games, raffles, guest speakers and student performances.

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement benefitting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America (of which Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a part). Since its inception, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $200 million for children across North America who are fighting pediatric illness and injury.

Written by Ed Osborn


Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 26 other states and 20 other countries. A residential campus offering 40 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked the 25th top public university in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2018 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded 'Green Campus' status by the Princeton Review eight years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.

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