What is a Dance Marathon?

Dance Marathon began in 1973 at Penn State University, when students planned an event to raise money for their university’s Hershey Medical Center.  A few years later, in 1977, the idea caught on at Indiana University, and students planned their first dance marathon, a fundraiser benefiting Riley Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network, in honor of Ryan White.  Since then, Dance Marathon has become a movement at over 150 high schools and universities across the country, all raising money for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.  Each year, Dance Marathons across the country bring their students together to promote awareness for their local children’s hospital, interact with the hospital patients and survivors, as well as celebrate fundraising for that year!

What is DMNCSU?

Dance Marathon at NC State University was established in 2012, and raised over 60 thousand dollars in it’s first year.  We expect huge growth in the coming years, and hope to become the biggest charity event on campus!  DMNCSU will make appearances at every major university function, registering dancers and recruiting students to the cause.

What is Duke Children’s Hospital?

Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center is one of the largest charity healthcare providers in the Southeast, and regularly ranks as a top hospital in the nation.  Duke Children’s Hospital treats children from North Carolina, and from all over the world.  Besides being a top tier health institute for sick children, Duke Children’s also provides emotional support for families and survivors.  Because of Duke Children’s Hospital, young patients and their families can continue to hope for a brighter future.

The Hospital at a Glance:
Total Beds: 178
Annual Pediatric outpatient visits: 176,000
Annual Pediatric hospital admissions: 7,000
Annual Pediatric Emergency Department visits: 14,000
Pediatric surgeries performed annually: 6,000

What is Children’s Miracle Network (CMN)?

Children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization, dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals throughout North America.  Each year, these hospitals treat 14 million children with diseases, injuries, and birth defects of all kinds.  In Children’s Miracle Network, 100% of every dollar that is donated stays in the community.  All money raised supports local hospitals.  A child is never turned away from a Children’s Miracle Network hospital for a family’s inability to pay, increasing the need for students and organizations like DMNCSU.