SpartanThon Alumni - Dance Marathon at CWRU

Official page of the amazing alumni of SpartanThon (Dance Marathon at Case Western Reserve University)! (For SpartanThon, visit

Mission: To engage and empower children fighting cancer in University Hospitals, while maintaining constant financial and emotional support for their families.

Congratulations SpartanTHON 2019, you guys rock!! FTK!!

Our hearts are so full! Thank you, SpartanTHON!

It’s hard to believe this was 8 years ago, taken shortly after our first marquee fundraiser, Dancing with the CWRU Stars. The event was a huge success and the stepping stone to the first Dance Marathon in 2010. Just goes to show how a small group of courageous students can be the spark of something big. Thank you to everyone who’s supported us year after year! FTK!!

The few, the amazing: DM-CWRU

Can’t say enough about how awesome these students are! FTK!


We’ve all been dreaming of this day since 2009 and our predictions held true, the race to $100,000 before 10 yrs is over. Congratulations SpartanTHON. FTK!!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for... REVEAL!

You guys rock! Good luck today. It’s going to be amazing!!

HAPPY DM DAY!!! Before the marathon starts, we'd like to give a huge shout out to our steering and executive board, who have worked so hard this year in preparation for what's to come in just a few short hours. An enormous thanks is also owed to our planning team who played another giant role in making all of this possible. Additionally, thank you SO much to our amazing color team captains, and last but most certainly not least- our dancers 😊 We can't wait to see everyone here today, let's get ready to be as FTK as ever!!!

P.S. – if you'd like to donate to help us reach our goal by midnight tonight, click this link! (However if you have a specific friend or team you’d like to donate to, ask them for the link to their donor drive page)


Good luck to all the amazing dancers today. You guys rock! And keep those donations rolling in alums! Event landing page for SpartanTHON

Today is 10k Miracle day, please help us reach our goal!! See below. All the money goes towards the kids!! You can donate here,

We're making progress!! We have officially raised over $2,500 so far today! Keep up the great work and together we will make miracles happen! #10KMiracleDay


JOIN US on FREE REGISTRATION DAY! If you are interested in signing up for the marathon please go to

Use the promo "ThisMovementIs" and sign up as a dancer!
Hope to see some of you February 11, 2017. Case Western Reserve University Miracle Network Dance Marathon

SpartanTHON's 2nd Annual Color Run is this Saturday at 9AM! Consider signing up, paying the 15 dollars and running wherever you are located! Send a picture in of you running, so we can featured you in a newsletter. :) Be FTK with us this Saturday! Follow the link below to sign up:

T-5 days until the Color Run!! Come out on Saturday and spend the morning with us! You can run/walk the 5k or 1 mile route.

Sign up here:

Congratulations Spartanthon on another amazing year and raising over $69k! #FTK

We did it!! Another year over!! Congrats to all the dancers, you rocked at being #FTK! You helped SpartanTHON successfully raise $69,005.71, all for the kids, all for rainbow! Great job today, it was awesome! We were the dancer.

Dance Marathon 2015 Reflection Video

So awesome!

See how SpartanTHON has grown in the past couple of years! Four years ago, we raised $7000 and yesterday, February 8th we raised over $53,000!

Growth. #FTK #spartanthon #dancemarathon #cwru

SpartanThon Alumni - Dance Marathon at CWRU


$53,272.43 RAISED FOR THE KIDS! Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible! #FTK

[02/08/15]   Good luck Spartan THON at CWRU! Less than four hours left. Excited for the reveal!


A great organization does it again. In 2011 Dance Marathon won the Dorothy M. Pijan Outstanding Program of the Year Award, fast forward three years later, still doing great things. #FTKallDMday

Congratulations to @SpartanTHON for winning the Outstanding Established Organization Award at the Dorothy Pijan Awards Ceremony!! Great job to everyone who participated in any of our events this year! And HUGE shout out to the Exec board and Steering Committee who definitely guided us through a great year! #FTK!

[03/21/14]   On this day four years ago, Dance Marathon at Case Western Reserve University held the first ever Dancing with the CWRU Stars. This landmark event featured notable case faculty and staff such as Mike Kenney, Donald Feke, and Suzi Higgins. Raising over $2500 for children fighting cancer, it served as the steppingstone for holding the first 12 hour dance marathon. Happy birthday.


Congratulations everyone for an amazing day!! We couldn't have done it with all your support! $28,860.14 #FTK!!

Urban Elementz adding another DM event to the list having performed in every marathon and dancing with the stars since the beginning. Thanks guys!

Dance Marathon 2014!!

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Never stop dancing! The first 24 hour music video features a continuous chain of dancers that are, well... happy! Pharrell Williams presents ”Happy” — the world's first 24 hour music video.

It all began 4 years ago to the day. Here from the first meeting in the Cleveland Room of Thwing, inspirational cards we made for the kids in Rainbow Babies. FTK!

[04/01/13]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

"Just the good parts

"I want to be an actress, but I don't want to go on auditions."

"I want to play varsity sports, but I need to be sure I'm going to make the team."

"It's important to sell this great new service, but I'm not willing to deal with rejection."

You don't get to just do the good parts. Of course. In fact, you probably wouldn't have chosen this path if it was guaranteed to work every time.

The implication of this might surprise you, though: when the tough parts come along, the rejection and the slog and the unfair bad breaks, it makes sense to welcome them. Instead of cursing or fearing the down moments, understand that they mean you've chosen reality, not some unsustainable fantasy. It means that you're doing worthwhile, difficult work, not merely amusing yourself.

The very thing you're seeking only exists because of the whole. We can't deny the difficult parts, we have no choice but to embrace them." -S. Godin

Servant First, Leader Second

"We that prosper, love, laugh, and learn, so humbly recognize the need to fulfill our civil duty that is the act of kind service..." is the preamble to our constitution. Why? Because it embodies leadership at a different level, that of servant leadership. Your Daily Dose of Inspiration: More people talk about servant leadership than really understand it--or have the humility to practice it. When is the last time you acted as a servant to your team?

[01/18/13]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” -Martha Graham

[01/09/13]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

"Two kinds of mistakes

There is the mistake of overdoing the defense of the status quo, the error of investing too much time and energy in keep things as they are.

And then there is the mistake made while inventing the future, the error of small experiments gone bad.

We are almost never hurt by the second kind of mistake and yet we persist in making the first kind, again and again." -S. Godin.

[12/17/12]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

"Empathy takes effort

When we extend our heart, our soul and our feelings to another, when we imagine what it must be like to be them, we expose ourselves to risk. The risk of feeling bruised, or of losing our ability to see the world from just one crisp and certain point of view.

It's easier to walk on by, to compartmentalize and to isolate ourselves. Easier, but not worth it." -S. Godin

SpartanTHON Kickoff event Friday 12/7 in Thwing! Meet the new Dance Marathon at CWRU!

[12/05/12]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

So fortunate we are to be here in this now, this present, this point in time and space. Never has it been so easy to connect, to communicate, to share ideas and passions, to organize and act. Never have we had the endless opportunities that face us everyday, yet never has it been so hard to focus. To busy we are it seems on our phones, laptops, and tablets. To focused it seems we are at being unfocused. To focused it seems we are at trivial things, things of distraction, things that lack any real wealth, importance, or longevity. But as I said, so fortunate we are to live in a time where we have so many opportunities and one of them is change. So change yourself, find a challenge of the mind, body, and soul. Seek to improve lives and in doing so, find it improves yours. This holiday, remember there are thousands of children stuck in hospitals, thousands of homeless on streets, thousands with no family to go home to, thousands overseas fighting for our country, thousands of people that appreciate a kind word, a small token of appreciation, or simply even a smile. Keep your life in perspective, realize that the worst of your days are the best for others and that by taking a step back, you'll see just how beautiful your life is and just how beautiful the people around you are. This holiday, commit to enriching lives. Engage. Empower. Inspire.


[12/04/12]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

"Anticipation vs. anxiety

If we define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance, we can also understand its antonym, anticipation.

When you work with anticipation, you will highlight the highs. You'll double down on the things that will delight and push yourself even harder to be bold and to create your version of art. If this is going to work, might as well build something that's going to be truly worth building.

If you work with anxiety, on the other hand, you'll be covering the possible lost bets, you'll be insuring against disaster and most of all, building deniability into everything you do. When you work under the cloud of anxiety, the best strategy is to play it safe, because if (when!) it fails, you'll be blameless.

Not only is it more fun to work with anticipation, it's often a self-fulfilling point of view." -S. Godin

[11/30/12]   "Non-profits have a charter to be innovators:

The biggest, best-funded non profits have an obligation to be leaders in innovation, but sometimes they hesitate.

One reason: "We're doing important work. Our funders count on us to be reasonable and cautious and proven, because the work we're doing is too important to risk failure."

One alternative: "We're doing important work. Our funders count on us to be daring and bold and brave, because the work we're doing is too important to play it safe."

The thing about most cause/welfare non-profits is that they haven't figured out how to solve the problem they're working on (yet). Yes, they are often offer effective aid, or a palliative. But no, too many don't have a method for getting at the root cause of the problem and creating permanent change. That's because it's hard (incredibly hard) to solve these problems.

The magic of their status is that no one is expecting a check back, or a quarterly dividend. They're expecting a new, insightful method that will solve the problem once and for all.

Go fail. And then fail again. Non-profit failure is too rare, which means that non-profit innovation is too rare as well. Innovators understand that their job is to fail, repeatedly, until they don't." -S. Godin

Your Daily Dose (of Inspiration). FTK.

[11/24/12]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

"In a hurry to be generous?

We're often in a hurry to finish.

Or in a hurry to close a sale.

What happens when we adopt the posture of being in a hurry to be generous? With resources or insight or access or kindness...

It's an interesting sort of impatience." -S. Godin

[11/21/12]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

"Wasted kindling

The most valuable wood at the campsite is the dry twigs and branches used to start a fire.

It's hard to imagine a bigger waste than cooking an entire meal using nothing but kindling. It burns fast and bright, but it doesn't last. You might be able to cook something, but then there's be nothing left for the next guy. No, the useful technique is to have some bigger logs standing by, and to use as little kindling as possible.

This, of course, is my analogy for marketing and promotion. That juicy link from a design blogger or your appearance on TV—that's kindling. If that's what you're depending on, you're in trouble. One manufacturer I know explained that he got about thirty orders from a post on a well-known blog, and so he needed a post like that every week to stay in business. Good luck with that.

PR and promo addiction starts this way. It's the easy and lazy way to keep your product selling. Spray and pray. Work the kindling system, get the quick bits of attention and then move on.

It might work now and then, but it's not a dependable and scalable way to grow your business. You need significant logs, things that keep the system working without a constant stream of promotion. A few:

a remarkable product that users enjoy talking about
a product with virality built in--something that works better when my friends use it too
a community orientation, so that each new user enhances the value of the community, creating a virtuous cycle
economies of scale in both production and marketing. As you grow, things get both cheaper and easier to talk about
All four are intentional (and not easy) acts of a marketer and designer who realize that they have a choice about what to build and how to build it. [Here's a post from three years ago with more on this.]

Using up all the kindling is selfish and ultimately pointless." -S. Godin

Your Daily Dose of Inspiration. FTK.

[11/16/12]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

"'This is the best I can do'

vs. 'It's not good enough.'

Both are symptoms of a huge problem that doesn't even have a name.

Entire industries lull themselves into believing that what they make and how they make it is good enough--until someone comes along and turns the market on its head by proving them wrong.

At the same time, countless projects go unlaunched, improvements hidden, thoughts unstated--because the person behind the idea is hiding behind the false understanding that their work isn't good enough yet.

Which problem do you have?" -S. Godin.

[11/16/12]   Your Daily Dose of Inspiration:

"Action expresses priorities" -Ghandi

M83- We Own the Sky

If you ever need inspiration, just listen to this amazing song and watch the amazing video. Your Daily Dose of Inspiration: The official winning video for M83's "We Own the Sky". Directed by Alex Takacs and Joe Nankin of Young Replicant. DP Adam Kauper.

[11/13/12]   Your Daily Dose (of Inspiration):

"You can't argue with success...

Of course you can. What else are you going to argue with? Failure can't argue with you, because it knows that it didn't work.

The art of staying successful is in being open to having the argument. Great organizations fail precisely because they refuse to do this." -S. Godin

[11/12/12]   Your Daily Dose (of Inspiration):

"When you don't know what to do...

That's when we find out how well you make decisions.

When you don't have the resources to do it the usual way, that's when you show us how resourceful you are.

And when you don't know if it's going to work, that's how we find out whether or not we need you on our team.

Making instructions is harder than following them."
-Seth Godin

[11/09/12]   Seth Godin on metrics. Your Daily dose of Inspiration:

"Avoiding the false proxy trap

Sometimes, we can't measure what we need, so we invent a proxy, something that's much easier to measure and stands in as an approximation.

TV advertisers, for example, could never tell which viewers would be impacted by an ad, so instead, they measured how many people saw it. Or a model might not be able to measure beauty, but a bathroom scale was a handy stand in.

A business person might choose cash in the bank as a measure of his success at his craft, and a book publisher, unable to easily figure out if the right people are engaging with a book, might rely instead on a rank on a single bestseller list. One last example: the non-profit that uses money raised as a proxy for difference made.

You've already guessed the problem. Once you find the simple proxy and decide to make it go up, there are lots of available tactics that have nothing at all to do with improving the very thing you set out to achieve in the first place. When we fall in love with a proxy, we spend our time improving the proxy instead of focusing on our original (more important) goal instead.

Gaming the system is never the goal. The goal is the goal."

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