Students raise money, gain experience through Miles for Madison

Students raise money, gain experience through Miles for Madison

A benefit run / walk event at BBC&S brought close to 150 participants to campus, raising money to support the Stephens Johnson Syndrome Foundation.

"Miles for Madison" was planned and organized by students in Dr. Bill Higley's "Administration and Organization of Sports and Recreational Ministries" class. The April 6 event raised more than $2,000 through registrations and donations.

BBC&S"I saw how people care for other people--from the members of the community to kids here on campus," said Karin Mowry, a senior Sports and Recreational Ministries major. "When people know that something is being held to benefit a good cause they really come together."

A Good Cause
The race had its origin with an Ohio church's event held the same day in honor of Madison Deiotte, a young survivor of Stephens Johnson Syndrome.

Hannah Jo Rehm, a BBC sophomore Sports Management major, saw an opportunity to minister to the Deiotte family, who attend Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Smithville, OH.

The Stevens Johnson Syndrome is a debilitating condition related to adverse reactions to medications. It was first discovered in 1922 by Dr. A.M. Stevens and Dr. F.C. Johnson, who were responding to a child with severe ocular and oral complications from a drug reaction.

About 150,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are related to adverse drug reactions, according to the foundation.

Hands-On Experience
Students, faculty, staff, and community members ran and walked a course that included both the BBC&S campus and the surrounding area.

Runners traveled around campus, onto Venard Road, and made a loop through a nearby neighborhood. Walkers followed a route that remained on campus.

"I learned a lot about the organization and administration of sports ministries," said Hannah. "I learned that you can't take so much on yourself. That's what teammates and friends are for."

The experience gained from working hands-on as a team was invaluable for the students planning the Clarks Summit race, Dr. Higley said.

"I wanted them to go through the process of holding an event, talking to sponsors, getting people to participate, creating the registration process and conducting the race," he said. "They will get far more out of this experience than just talking about it in class."

More information on the condition and the Stephens Johnson Syndrome Foundation are online at

Details on the Sports Management and Sports and Recreational Ministries majors are online under the Academics tab at

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Posted on: 4/11/2013 11:21:12 AM

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