LoboTHON, the University of New Mexico’s largest student-run philanthropy, broke yet another record by raising more than $103,000 for the UNM Children’s Hospital.
While LoboTHON hosts a series of events throughout the year to reach its fundraising goal, its largest event is an annual 13.1-hour dance marathon that features games, food and miracle stories from children from UNM Hospital who benefit from the fundraiser. It was held March 23.
“When I saw those numbers … that we had surpassed that goal, I started crying,” family hospital relations director Mohammed Assed. “You could feel how much of an impact this campus made for the future Lobos being treated at UNM Children’s Hospital.”
LoboTHON has been recognized in the past for taking significant steps to increase funds raised for UNM Children’s Hospital. When LoboTHON first started in 2014, it raised a total of $25,000.
By 2018, LoboTHON decided it wanted to challenge the campus to exceed expectations by setting a goal of $66,000. That year, LoboTHON went above and beyond, raising $95,432.18. LoboTHON was named National Most Improved Dance Marathon by the Miracle Network Dance Marathon.
The goal for 2019 was no different. LoboTHON aimed to break the six-digit mark by setting a goal of $100,000 – a feat not previously reached.
All money raised by LoboTHON goes directly to UNM Children’s Hospital – specifically a program called Child Life.
Child Life teaches kids age-appropriate education and preparation to help ease them through their diagnosis and treatments, but also allows kids to focus on having fun like every child should.
For more information, visit LoboTHON.org.
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