In 2011, several students started what would become a legacy at Oklahoma State in order to host one of the largest philanthropy events the Stillwater and Cowboy family has ever seen. After a year of planning, the first main event was held in February 2012. Over 500 students danced and fundraised - resulting in a grand total of $28,500. The group was humbled to learn they had launched one of the most successful first year Dance Marathons in the nation.
In the years that followed, OKStateDM grew to be the largest philanthropy at Oklahoma State. The main event was moved to the Colvin Annex to accommodate the growing number of dancers. At our main event, we celebrate the lives changed through our work by "dancing for kids that can't" over 12 hours- a time that pays tribute to the shifts nurses work to care for our miracle children. In 2014-2015, we experienced a 79% increase in fundraising and blew our "six figure" goal out of the water with a grand total of $134,304.15
A New Name
Since its inception, OKStateDM has grown in nearly every way. In 2015, Children's Miracle Network officially branded the Dance Marathon movement as Miracle Network Dance Marathon. To better represent what our organization stands for and unite ourselves with the larger network of Dance Marathons, we changed our name to CowboyThon. This new name will help usher in a new generation of Cowboys as we continue to grow and make miracles for Oklahoma's children.