RebelTHON’s all-day dance contest continues the group’s efforts to help Blair E. Batson

Published 10:23 am Monday, October 3, 2016

For some, getting out on the dance floor for even a few minutes can be a mental struggle, never mind ten hours straight.

This morning at 7 a.m., Ole Miss students are doing the latter as part of a fundraiser for the school’s RebelTHON organization and to raise awareness of Child Health Day.

Participants will dance in front of the student until 5pm.

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Logan Christian, a junior at the university, has been involved with RebelTHON since last year and now serves as the organization’s director of hospital relations.

“Since the Student Union is a high traffic area, we are hoping that many will stop to see what exactly we are dancing for,” Christian said. “Working alongside these amazing people who are all equally as passionate for making a difference is an awesome thing. I am beyond blessed to be a part of this organization.”

Monday’s dance contest is just a warm-up compared to RebelTHON’s annual Dance Marathon, the next of which will kick off in February and last for 12 hours. The first Dance Marathon was in 2012.

The money raised from the marathon will go to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson.

Last year, RebelTHON raised an impressive $112,603.56, almost tripling the amount from the previous year.

Steering communications director Emily Hoffman, also a junior, says RebelTHON’s mission is one that is constantly looking toward the future.

“RebelTHON, to me, is one generation fighting for the next,” Hoffman said. “We say that we will dance so that the kids at Blair E. Batson get better and get the chance to become students at Ole Miss and dance for other kids who will be cured.”

Dance Marathon was created by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1994 and is a campus organization at over 350 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.