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More than 400 students registered for RebelTHON 2014. Photo by Robert Jordan

RebelTHON raises the roof for Le Bonheur

By Bridget Quinn

Each year, more than 20,000 children from north Mississippi are treated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and University of Mississippi students work hard to make that experience a bit easier.

In just its second year, the RebelTHON 2014 benefit raised more than $30,000, up from just over $25,000 last year. RebelTHON is a 12-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon held in Oxford. This year’s event ran from noon to midnight Feb. 22, providing 12 straight hours of nonstop dancing, fun and games.

More than 400 students registered for the event, and children and families from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital also attended the dance marathon.

“There is no greater feeling than helping others, and RebelTHON is a fantastic way to give to the community,” said Wil Yerger, a marketing and corporate relations major and co-executive director for the event. “Children are never turned away from Le Bonheur, and the money we raised goes directly to providing services to families who need assistance. It’s a great feeling to know that we, in our own way, are contributing to the futures of these kids and their families.”

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