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Dance Marathon

When you become a part of a Dance Marathon on your campus, YOU dance for the patients who cannot.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon was founded by students at Indiana University in memory of Ryan White, a young man who was infected with the HIV/AIDS virus through a bad blood transfusion. Ryan never let his illness, or the prejudices that surrounded it, overcome him and he became a national spokesperson for HIV/AIDS awareness and patient rights. At the age of 18, Ryan passed away from complications associated with his illness. He was just a few weeks away from attending Indiana University. The Dance Marathon at Indiana University was created by Ryan’s friends in his loving memory.

About Dance Marathon

  • Since its inception in 1991, Dance Marathon has grown to over 100 universities and colleges across the country
  • Dance Marathon is entirely student run, with 100% of funds raised going directly to their school’s local children’s hospital
  • Dance Marathons have become tradition on both campuses and in the community – with students dancing for 12, 24, and 36 hours in honor of sick kids

Dance Marathon Fast Facts:

  • CMNH Dance Marathons have raised over $50 million since inception
  • Your school can be one of approximately 140 programs nationwide
  • Schools raise anywhere from $10,000 to $65,000 during their first dance marathons
  • Dance Marathons can be successfully run by only a small group of individuals

For more information, contact Amy Razem at the Foundation at 412-692-3924 or

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