Radiothon and Dance Marathon Coordinator Chelsea Backus talks about the importance of Dance Marathon during the Jan. 31 pep-rally.
Radiothon and Dance Marathon Coordinator Chelsea Backus talks about the importance of Dance Marathon during the Jan. 31 pep-rally.

Q&A with Radiothon and Dance Marathon Coordinator Chelsea Backus

Bagpiper: What advice would you give to the committees to help prepare them for Dance Marathon?

Chelsea BackusI would tell committee members to take time to remind themselves of why they are working so hard and to take time to enjoy how fun and special planning the marathon is. It is very easy to get caught up in all the planning, and sometimes that can become stressful, but we want them to remember the huge impact they are having on kids and families.

BP: What do you love most about your job?

CB: I love my job because I get to work with the most inspiring students and Riley families. Each day I can see the impact that young people are able to have not only at Riley Hospital,but on the world. Their selflessness, care and determination far exceeds our expectations and serves as a daily inspiration. I love my job because every single day I feel like I and dance marathon students can truly make a difference for kids!

 BP: Why was it important to you to come all the way from Indianapolis to talk at our pep rally?

CB: Floyd Central High School Dance Marathon is a shining example of students being empowered to make a real difference for Riley kids and families. Student’s passion and commitment to planning the FCDM and supporting families has been phenomenal! Not only have students been incredibly supportive, but their families as well as the community has been. They constantly go above and beyond not only in Floyds Knobs, but have also traveled to Indianapolis numerous times this year alone to visit the hospital. It’s an honor to help them in anyway, and I am always here as a recourse for students who want to learn more about and help Riley Hospital.

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