Welcome to my Miracle Network Dance Marathon fundraising page! My name is Ryann Chioda and I'm on a mission to help sick and injured kids in my local community and I need your help. My local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their illness, injury, or even their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries they may get from just being a kid.
That sweet baby in the picture above is Finn Allen. Finn was born on May 16, 2011with a genetic condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or OI, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease. Finn was born with a particularly severe form of the disease, which caused not only his arms and legs to break easily, but also his overall muscle tone to be debilitatingly weak. He struggled with the basics of life - eating, moving, and breathing - but was a joyful soul through and through. His big brothers kept him always giggling, and his sister learned the most careful way to hold and snuggle him. His smile was infectious. By the time he was 6 months old, Finn needed supplemental oxygen to breathe and a permanent feeding tube. Health care professionals at the Childrens Hospital of Illinois were always close by, beginning the day he was born, to give him the best orthopedic and surgical care, pulmonology treatment, physical, respiratory, occupational and endocrinology therapy, and genetic counseling. During the 92 days Finn spent at the hospital between 2011 and 2012, his physicians and nurses treated him like beloved family. Unfortunately, when he was 11 1/2 months old, Finn passed away of respiratory failure. His little body, nearly double the size it was when he was born, simply could no longer keep up with the demands of daily life. His family will be forever grateful to the staff and medical students at the Childrens Hospital who helped ensure his short life was as long and happy as possible. Their expertise, partnership, and friendship were invaluable.
On Saturday, February 10th, I will be participating in TitanThon, a Dance Marathon event at Illinois Wesleyan University. My classmates and I will be on our feet for 6 hours straight in an effort to raise funds for the OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois. This year, I will be dancing in honor of Finn and the Allen Family. I encourage you to put yourself in the shoes of the Children's Miracle Network Hospital families and think about how grateful they are for the donations that provide their sick children with the care they need. Do you stop at Starbucks on your way to work every morning? Try making coffee at home and donate what you would spend to kids like Finn. Your contributions are appreciated more than you could possibly know.
Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. You can click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to make a safe and easy online donation.
I need your help to reach my goal For The Kids and for Finn. Thank you so much for supporting my efforts!
About Dance Marathon
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. We are the only children’s charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kids.
Since inception, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $200 million for kids across North America - ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone. We are this generation fighting for the next.
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