Quinnipiac and Hamden locals surpass QTHON goal

By Michaela Mendygral

Quinnipiac University students and local families came together Saturday, March 23, for the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, known as QTHON. Surpassing its initial goal of $323,000, QTHON raised a total of $332,567.12 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

“It means a lot to families like ours for you to put together something like this,” said Bill Stratton, the father of Nicholas Stratton, who receives treatment from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Children who receive treatment from the hospital and their families had an opportunity to partake in video games, coloring, basketball and other activities with students in Quinnipiac University’s Athletic Center from 2 p.m. - 12 a.m.

“My favorite part of QTHON is I like hanging out with all the girls,” said Emma, a patient of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

For many of the children, QTHON is an opportunity for much needed fun.

“Having a kid with medical issues you get stuck in a routine so it’s good to get out,” said Stratton.