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HuskyTHON is a year-long fund-raising effort coordinated by students at the University of Connecticut, which culminates in an eighteen-hour dance marathon celebration in February. HuskyTHON is a year-long philanthropic effort at the University of Connecticut to raise funds and awareness for Connecticut Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This effort culminates in an 18-hour dance marathon in February, where thousands of UConn students come together to dance for those who can’t. HuskyTHON is entirely student-run and their Management Team of 28 undergraduate student leaders work tirelessly to make each HuskyTHON better than the last.
From humble beginnings, HuskyTHON has grown to become the largest event in support of Connecticut Children’s. In 2019 they raised an astounding $1,328,402.19, and while UConn students are proud of this accomplishment, they are not stopping there. Their motto is “FTK” (For The Kids), and while their efforts are always evolving, their core purpose remains the same:
HuskyTHON is one of the top 10 dance marathons in the country and is the largest Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon in the Northeast. In the last 20 years, HuskyTHON has raised over $6.2 million for Connecticut Children’s, making it the largest fundraiser for the hospital. For more information about HuskyTHON, please visit www.huskython.org
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Women’s Choice. They are one of 170 children’s hospitals across the US and Canada that comprise Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. At these hospitals, 62 children are treated by highly trained professionals every minute – that’s one child every second. From cancer to a traumatic injury or a genetic disease, Connecticut Children’s always has their doors open.
Eight IHOP® Restaurants in Connecticut will join hundreds across the nation in celebrating its 15th annual IHOP National Pancake Day event on Tuesday, February 25, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participating IHOP Restaurants will serve up a free short stack of its world-famous buttermilk pancakes for patrons while collecting donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Connecticut Children’s is part.
Local IHOP Restaurants participating in National Pancake Day this year include those in Bloomfield, Hamden, Manchester, Newington, Orange, Southington, Wallingford and Waterbury. In 2019, local IHOP Restaurants raised more than $27,000 through its National Pancake Day event and Balloon Campaign. This year, staff and volunteers from Connecticut Children’s will be on hand to greet guests.
This year, IHOP expects to serve a record-breaking 5 million pancakes in a single day to support its charity partners.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a network of 170 healthcare providers dedicated to treating children facing life-threatening illnesses.
Join us and help raise money for other cardiac patients of Connecticut Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Enjoy good food, live music, and the best beer in Connecticut all for a great cause. The money raised will support research, patient care, and will help ensuring that same book, In My Heart, is given to each family, signed with messages of love and encouragement from those same PICU doctors and nurses who were there every step of the way.
The Story Behind Pints for the PICU
Our daughter, Emersyn, had open heart surgery five days after she was born.
That meant we would be in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Connecticut Children’s for an unknown amount of time.
During our stay we brought a book with us, In My Heart, in the hopes that everyone who helped Emersyn on her journey would sign it and maybe leave a little message. To our surprise every doctor, nurse, and surgeon loved the idea and each took the time to write her a personal note. Some long, some short, but each one from their hearts. Those beautiful words that helped get us through Emersyn’s surgery, will one day help us explain to her what she went through and, most importantly, who her angels were.
Exactly one year to the day of her surgery we received a letter from Agnes and Kayla, two of Emersyn’s nurses from the PICU. They loved the idea of the book so much, they managed to pull some funding together and had just given their first round of In My Heart books to their current cardiac patients. And all the doctors, nurses, and surgeons signed each one.
Jason Cheshire, a grateful father
At participating Dairy Queen® locations throughout Connecticut, fans will enjoy a free small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer while supplies last). Stores will be collecting donations in support of Connecticut Children’s through their partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Celebrating more than 30 years and $125 million raised for local kids!
Dairy Queen® loves kids. Whether its kids’ sports teams celebrating at our restaurants after games, children enjoying dinner with their parents or teenagers visiting for cool treats at the end of a date, DQ® and kids go hand in hand. And if these cherished youngsters ever become sick or injured, we want to help assure they have the best medical care available. That’s why the DQ® system has been a proud national partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1984.