The CSU Dance Marathon will be held on October 22nd in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Dance Marathon, which first made its way to CSU in 2012, is part of a nationwide fundraiser for The Children’s Miracle Network. The Children’s Miracle Network raises funds for Children’s Hospitals and medical research.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is the only national children’s charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised staying local. This means all of the money raised through CSU’s Dance Marathon will support the families and children struggling with life-threatening illnesses in Colorado.
The hospitals treat over 17 million patients a year. 98% of children needing heart or lung transplants are treated through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The hospitals also treat 88% of all children with cancer, 76% of all children with cystic fibrosis, 90% of all children with sickle cell anemia, and 72% of all children with pediatric AIDS. The CSU Dance marathon provides a chance for students to connect with children involved with the hospitals, learn more about the work the fundraising does while making sure all of the funds will support the local community.
Participants raise money leading up to the event. Then, on the day of the marathon, participants dance for 10 hours straight. During the marathon, children who have been impacted by the program have a chance to tell their stories. Donations are accepted up until the end of the marathon. This year’s event starts at noon. The event is centered on dancing “For the Kids” who cannot dance themselves.
Last year’s event raised over $11,000 directly benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado. For more information on signing up or donating click here.