Published Thursday Nov 8, 2018
Students at Tennessee Tech are using a 'Miracle' to make a difference in the lives of children.
Miracle was the spotlight philanthropic event for student organizations participating in the 2018 homecoming festivities. Fundraising began the first week in April during For the Kids week.
Student organizations worked hard raising funds through 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, during a dance marathon which was part of a national network of programs raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is a local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
All the hard work came to fruition at a fundraiser, which was held at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion this year, where it was announced that $77,399.18 had been raised for the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
“This is the third year it has been on campus at Tennessee Tech,” said TTU Miracle President Ethan Crabtree. “The first year on campus, 2016, we raised about $3,900, and last year, we raised $61,830.”
Eight hundred and sixty people signed up for this year’s event. Last year, there were 794 people who registered.
“There were six children from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt who attended the event,” Crabtree said. “One hundred percent of the funds raised go specifically to that hospital. Last year, the funds raised went to fund and provide a new therapy called Car-T stem cell therapy.”
That therapy has been about 80 percent successful in curing Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The new machines and equipment purchased from the funds raised by TTU Miracle provided a new way for the hospital to provide state-of-the-art care.
“This year’s funds will go to the remodeling of the pediatric cancer floor, which is the fourth floor of the hospital,” Crabtree said. “We will be providing the money for them to completely remodel the floor and get new beds and equipment.”
There also will be a room dedicated to TTU Miracle on the floor as a thank you to Tennessee Tech.
The top fundraising team this year was Alpha Delta Pi and FIJI, raising a total of $19,217.24.