BY: MEGAN FRISHCHMEYER, SAU DM’S HOSPITAL ADVISOR
Hi Saint Ambrose University Dance Marathon! I am thrilled to get to introduce myself to all of you, my name is Megan Frischmeyer and I am SAU DM’s new Hospital Advisor. This basically means I have the best job in the world. I get to work closely with collegiate Dance Marathon programs throughout the state of Iowa to connect them to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, share what ideas have worked well with other programs that could benefit others, encourage stewardship to donors, and strategically plan fundraising, recruitment, and retention goals. I am here to be a resource for Executive Directors, their Executive Teams, and really anyone else who has questions or ideas to talk through.
I came to my position in a very unexpected way, but credit it completely to my experiences with Dance Marathon as an undergrad at the University of Iowa. I was involved all four years and served on the leadership team for three years. I got to be a Morale Captain Assistant, Morale Captain, and member of the Hospital Committee under Family Relations. My two years on Morale taught me why we dance and why the funds raised by college students are so transformational and crucial to saving patients’ lives. My year on Hospital Committee introduced me to who we are working so hard for every single day and who our brave little heroes really are.
I cannot stress enough how important every single participant in Saint Ambrose University Dance Marathon is. We all see prices for preemie diapers, parking passes, etc. and don’t get me wrong, these funds are imperative to keeping our families from feeling an unbearable financial burden, but what motivates me every day is attempting to put myself into these families’ shoes. Imagine having your world turned upside down in the blink of an eye and being put into a battle you never signed up for. That’s where the emotional support of Dance Marathon truly hits home. After 4 years at UIDM and my time in this position, almost every family speaker I have had the privilege of listening to has emphasized how appreciative they are to have their own Dance Marathon family with them every step of the way. How cool are all of you to be part of those families!
I challenge you to pour your entire heart into this organization because it will change your life, you just have to step back and let it. I had very different career aspirations coming into college, but because of Dance Marathon, I discovered how passionate I am about philanthropy and working in a field that feels rewarding every day. I let myself to say “yes” to opportunities I never imagined myself in and I am so thankful I said “yes” to Dance Marathon the summer before Freshman Year.
A huge Thank You to everyone in SAU Dance Marathon, you are all my heroes and I can’t wait to meet you!
For The Kids!