My name is Justin Boudrot and this year I am participating in Ball State University Dance Marathon as the co-director of the Riley Relations committee. I have the honor and privilege to work alongside some amazing individuals to raise money for the kids and families at Riley Hospital for Children. My dance marathon journey began when I was in high school. A girl from my hometown of Franklin Township named Maddy Justice was the inspiration behind why I DM. Maddy was diagnosed with AML which is a type of leukemia. After a long, hard battle which included bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and relapses, Maddy unfortunately passed away at the age of 15. This drove my school to start participating in Dance Marathon. Hearing Maddy's story inspired me to never give up hope for the kids and to do all I can to help them. When I got to Ball State, I knew exactly what I wanted to get involved with: BSUDM. Being on the Riley Relations committee, we get the special opportunity to have riley buddies, which are riley kids that we get to spend the marathon getting to know and hanging out with. My riley buddy story is a special one that I am proud to have. My freshman year I was assigned a boy named Braden Tamosaitis as my riley buddy. I got to hang out with him the entire marathon and fell in love. He has been my buddy the past three years now and I could not ask for a better friend. I never find myself wondering why I am putting forth all of this effort. All I have to do is think of Maddy or Braden and I have all the motivation in the world.
BSUDM fully funds two special areas at Riley Hospital for Children. We fund the magic castle cart and the Palliative Care Team. The Magic Castle Cart is filled with toys, games, etc. for the kids to play with and goes around the hospital every week and hands out gifts to the kids. Everyone that I have talked to says that cart makes the kids' days immediately and they all love it. The Palliative Care Team is for kids who are receiving treatment for life threatening or life limiting illnesses. Palliative care is a form of smile therapy that is designed to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family.
Last year BSUDM raised over $650,000 for the kids and this year we are aiming to new heights. We cannot do that without the help and support of our family and friends who are on these pages donating. Please consider making a donation to BSUDM in support of kids, because even a little bit goes a longer way than you would think. If not for me, do it for the kids. Do it for Maddy. Do it for Braden. Do it FTK.