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University of Alabama Dance Marathon Reaches $1 Million Milestone for Children’s of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM (Sept. 11, 2018) – Children’s of Alabama honored The University of Alabama Dance Marathon (UADM) program today for donating more than $1 million to the hospital over a seven-year period by presenting the organization with a recognition plaque on the Pillars of the Community display in the hospital.

The UADM joins the ranks of only 41 other donors in the hospital’s 107-year history. No other student-led organization has made such a huge impact for Children’s in such a short period of time. UADM is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) dance marathon program uniting college, university and high school students across North America.

“We are amazed by the work the students at The University of Alabama have put in to their dance marathon program over the past seven years,” said Emily Hornak, director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Cause Marketing and Corporate Partnerships at Children’s of Alabama. “Not only are these students attending classes, but they spend their spare time raising funds and creating awareness for Children’s of Alabama. It truly is amazing, and we are excited to honor them with a permanent fixture in our hospital.”

Last year, the student-led organization had more than 1,500 student participants in the program and raised $341,000 for Children’s. The organization encompasses the spirit of philanthropy throughout campus and across a diverse cross-section of students from all different backgrounds, academic programs, and years of study. Representatives from UADM were joined by UA President Stuart R. Bell for the pillar presentation.

“We are always amazed at the dedication and effort our UADM students put into their events each year,” said Courtney Thomas, director of UA’s Center for Service and Leadership. “But more importantly, our students spend countless hours building relationships with Children’s of Alabama Miracle Kids and their families and provide encouragement when they need it most. It is a privilege to serve alongside such committed and engaged citizens who use their voices for good.”



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 US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 45 other states and six foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 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

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

About The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.