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TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama Dance Marathon (UADM), a student-led philanthropy organization that raises money for ill and injured children treated at Children’s of Alabama, will hold its third annual Dance Marathon on March 1, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the UA Recreation Center (401 5th Ave East).
Leading up to the event, members of UA Dance Marathon committee have been working throughout the academic year to raise money for Children’s of Alabama through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The UADM is a 10-hour no-sitting event where the final fundraising total for the year will be revealed. Students attending UA may participate as dancers, or as teams or volunteers. Teams are groups of dancers and range from campus organizations to a group of friends. Volunteers support the event through serving as deejays, artists, decorators, entertainment and much more.
During the event, dancers and teams compete in games, dress up for the different themed hours and interact with “Miracle Families.” These families have children who have been treated at Children’s and, at the Dance Marathon, students will hear how the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility has helped each child.
Non-students cannot participate but are welcome to support UADM by:
For more information on the Dance Marathon and other involvement opportunities, visit http://www.uadm.ua.edu/.
UADM is a part of the national Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon organization, founded in 1991 by students at Indiana University in memory of a fellow student, Ryan White. Since the formation of the Dance Marathon, its presence has grown to cover more than 200 universities and colleges across the country. Entirely student run and donating 100 percent of the funds to the local children’s hospitals, Dance Marathons have become a tradition on campus and in the community.
Children’s of Alabama was among the first to join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1983 and since then more than $30 million has been donated to Children’s through CMNH. Every dollar raised locally through CMNH partners goes directly to Children's to provide the best health care possible to ill and injured children from across the state and Southeast by funding research, patient care and advocacy.