Kent State Nursing Students raise $4000 for Akron Children’s Hospital

Kent State University nursing students collectively raised $4,105 for The Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital. Kent State University College of Nursing student organizations, KSU-Student Nurses’ Association (SNA), Diversity in Nursing Association (DNA), and Students for Professional Nursing (SPN), joined together to represent the college in the 5th annual KSU Flashathon, a student-run philanthropy, in collaboration with Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon, dedicated to raising funds for children battling cancer and other illnesses.

“It was important for the nursing students to be part of this amazing cause,” said Micah Ward, SPN vice president. “We wanted to show our love and support for these kids and their families.”

According to Brittany Costa, Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation special projects coordinator, Flashathon teaches college students how to be leaders within the philanthropic community and amongst their peers. “Flashathon gets college students thinking in a philanthropic mindset early on in their professional careers.”

Being the first year the nursing students had participated, a collective goal of $500 was set. The group, surprised to meet their goal almost immediately, aimed higher. “Every time we met our goal, we raised it another $500,” said Jess Paul, DNA vice president.

Forty-two nursing students also participated in Flashathon’s spring semester 12-hour dance marathon. “Each individual dancer had a personal goal of raising $100,” said Caitlin Flynn, president of KSU-SNA. “We are so thankful for the generous donors who contributed to the group fundraiser and individual dancers. We could not have surpassed our goal without them.”     

The student nurses team, named the 2017 Flashathon top fundraising student organization, was one of seventeen Kent State University student organizations whose participation made this year’s event a success.

“Involvement in Flashathon is very special,” said Matt Leupold, KSU Flashathon president. “Our fundraising efforts are held year-round and foster a spirit of philanthropy and volunteering on campus.”

Over the past five years, Kent State has raised a total of $152,892.66 for Akron Children’s Hospital, including funds from this year’s event which totaled $47,434.23. 

Flashathon has changed the way the nursing students view their community and future careers.

“As nurses we are always looking for ways to help people,” said Paul. “This experience made me see the good we can do when we all work together.”

“My participation has made me a stronger member of the Kent State community,” said Ward. “Working as a team towards a goal was extremely rewarding. It taught us the importance of continuing to collaborate in our nursing careers as we build a community of teamwork in caring for our patients.”

“Having a deep interest in pediatric oncology as a nursing specialty, Flashathon allowed me the opportunity to support these patients,” said Flynn. “By giving of our time and self to others, we have each become more motivated to give back to our community.”

The Kent State student nurses’ team hopes to increase the amount they raise for next year’s event. If you would like to donate and help them reach this goal, please visit and search “Student Nurses.”

About Kent State University’s College of Nursing

In existence for 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation with more than 12,000 alumni worldwide. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit

Photo Copy: Victoria Harger, SPN president elect, Caitlin Flynn, KSU-SNA president, and Jess Paul, DNA vice president, stand with Akron Children’s Hospital’s Jeffrey Hord, MD, Director, Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders; Associate Chair of Pediatrics for Subspecialty Practices and Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

POSTED: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:32am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 4:43pm
Mariah Gibbons