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Fifth Annual University of Alabama Dance Marathon set for Feb. 27
TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama Dance Marathon (UADM), a student-led fundraiser for ill and injured children treated at Children’s of Alabama, will host its fifth annual marathon Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center at 240 Paul Bryant Drive.

UADM, in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, enlists the support of UA students who fundraise throughout the year, culminating in a 12-hour, no-sitting, all-dancing event. Last year, students raised more than $128,000 for Children’s, Alabama’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.

UA students register as a UADM team and compete against other teams of a similar size. Teams consist of registered student organizations with as many as 180 members, a floor or residence hall, or even a group of five friends who want to help in the crusade against cancer. Students also volunteer as disc jockeys, artists, decorators and entertainment.

Throughout the event, teams compete in games, dress up for themed hours and interact with “Miracle Families” whose children were treated at Children’s.

While the privilege of being a UADM Dancer is reserved for full and part-time students, alumni, faculty and staff, and others can support UADM by:

• Donating money to dancers, teams or the event as a whole. Online donations are accepted at
• Becoming a corporate sponsor and providing monetary donations, product donations or catering
• Becoming a “Miracle Maker” and partnering with UADM to host a fundraising event with their business
• Attending one of several fundraisers throughout the year which are promoted by UADM via email and social media.

For more information about UADM and involvement opportunities, visit

About UADM
UADM was founded at the University of Alabama in October 2011 by Tyler Rigdon and Alexandra Rhett. It was created as part of the national Dance Marathon network as a way to unite the campus for a common cause and sponsored by Honor's College. The first-ever marathon was held on April 20, 2012 with 150 participants standing for eight hours. A total of $14,952.28 was raised for Children's of Alabama.

About Children’s of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at