From humble beginnings, we’ve grown to become the largest student-run philanthropy in the state. We’re proud of that, but our work is far from over. For as long as kids need hospitals, we’ll be around supporting them. And while our efforts are always changing and improving, our core purpose remains the same:
Together with Connecticut Children’s, we believe in giving children the care they deserve.
From 2000 to 2019, HuskyTHON has grown from making $13,878 to over 1.3 million dollars! This is all possible through active planning and fundraising throughout the year. The amazing growth success of HuskyTHON could not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our student-run Management Team, committee members, and all of our participants!
Together, we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
HuskyTHON 2019 raised a total of $1,328,402.19 for Connecticut Children’s. Connecticut Children’s is a nationally recognized, 187-bed non-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. The money raised by HuskyTHON helps them continue their mission of giving kids the care they deserve.
Sometimes in life there is that moment when it’s possible to make a change for the better. HuskyTHON is one of those moments.
HuskyTHON 2019 Broke Records
Our Tiny Dancers
Each year, patients and families from Connecticut Children’s attend HuskyTHON. Parents describe it as the one day that their child is able to “just be a kid.” It is truly an honor to dance alongside these brave little warriors, as they have fought battles harder than we can imagine. They inspire us all every day to live life to the absolute fullest. Our patient families’ shared their favorite HuskyTHON memories with us, and we would like to share a few with you.
HuskyTHON asked: If you had three wishes, what would they be?
“1: No kids could get cancer or need to suffer; 2: To be a surgeon to help kids like my doctor helped me; 3: To go to UConn and be a HuskyTHON girl and be on the UConn Dance Team and softball team.”
HuskyTHON asked: What is something you are proud of, and what is your favorite part of HuskyTHON?
“Making high honors, and the inflatables and competing with the college guys in the gym.”
“As a parent, our favorite part was seeing and talking with other families from Connecticut Children’s outside of the hospital setting and in such a positive and happy event. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing we are celebrating with other families who understand the obstacles we’ve faced that most people around us have been lucky enough to never have to. It’s a very inspiring day. Everyday of our lives with Kiley, (and Allie), feels as exciting as the moment we walked into the gym last year and heard all the college kids cheering because we know life with our kids is never to be taken for granted – it’s so nice to celebrate that feeling with everyone at HuskyTHON! In addition, Kiley fought long and hard for every day that she gets to spend enjoying life, and sometimes the reality of just how hard she fought gets lost in the daily shuffle. It feels amazing to see her being able to acknowledge that.” -Emily, Mother to Kiley
February 22, 2020