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Alyssa

“A true advocate, Alyssa speaks openly and frequently about her struggles with mental illness. “Everyone has issues,” she says. “At least I know what mine are.” Since Alyssa’s diagnosis at age 3, when her tantrums lasted for hours and she refused to sleep, she’s made incredible strides. Coping techniques, bi-weekly counseling, a restrictive diet, daily medication and supplements help her handle the ups and downs of life. Now, she loves volunteering as a peer tutor for kids with special needs.”
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Nathan

“…Nathan had the first of three reconstruction procedures when he was 8 months old. When he was 3½, the day finally arrived everyone had been waiting for – Nathan’s trach was removed, allowing him to breathe on his own for the first time in his life. Today, Nathan is an artistic 7-year-old who loves reading and “talking incessantly” – something that his parents are not complaining about, given his journey. While he doesn’t always have the same endurance as other kids, it doesn’t stop him from running, playing and participating in everything he can.”
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Amelia

“…Amelia was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which part of the spinal cord fails to close, and several other disorders, including growth hormone deficiency and a heart defect. Since the age of 3, she has been cared for by a dedicated team of specialists at Cincinnati Children’s. Despite her complicated diagnosis, Amelia hasn’t let anything stop her from playing soccer, being a cheerleader or sharing a great knock-knock joke to brighten someone’s day.”
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Sam

“…After extensive testing, Sam was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis when he was 5 years old. Surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s performed surgery in March 2008, and it was a complete success. Sam was hospitalized for two weeks, and stayed in town for another two weeks to make sure his airway remained stable. Today, Sam’s airway is in great shape. He doesn’t have any problems breathing, swallowing or eating. When Sam was sick as a baby, his parents wondered if he’d even make it to kindergarten. But now he’s just a normal first grader. He plays soccer and takes piano lessons, and is a true Lego man.”

About MuskieThon

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MuskieTHON is a philanthropy group dedicated to raising money for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Each year, MuskieTHON hosts several events where students work to raise money for Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Each year, MuskieTHON highlights their fundraising efforts at MuskieTHON by dancing, participating in games, and listening to the stories of our Champion families. Money raised by MuskieTHON supports the Children's Charity Fund, that pays directly for the care of families that cannot afford the cost of care.

  • Percentage of money that goes to families in need

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LeeAnn Scherbauer

Faculty Advisor
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Tom Kozlovich

President
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Ashley Perkins

Director of Dance Marathon
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Shannon Bender

Director of External Operations
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Katie Philo

Student Recruitment & Fundraising Coordinator
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Alli Brown

Corporate Fundraising Coordinator
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Emilie Eros

Secretary
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Olivia Knestrict

PR, Marketing, & Technology Coordinator
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Allie Schumacher

Student Recruitment & Fundraising Coordinator
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Elizabeth Westerheide

Corporate Fundraising Coordinator
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Lily Conrad

Entertainment Coordinator
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Kristen Martin

Finance Coordinator
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Carrington Sills

Event Operations Coordinator
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Mollie Young

Morale & Catering Coordinator

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