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What is Dance Marathon?

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In 1991, friends of Ryan White

promised to keep his memory alive after his death.

At Indiana University, they held the first IDUM

and raised $10,900 (see below).


Today, across this nation, hundreds of schools and thousands of student leaders are continually out-fundraising professional fundraisers as the strive, year after year, to create a proud tradition at their school...a dance marathon in honor of the Children's Miracle Network. The tradition is rooted in something as simple as throwing the best party on campus for 12, 24, or 36 hours in honor of the children treated at their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH) with one hundred percent of the donations and fundraising contributed to the CMNH. Over 60 million dollars has been fundraised across the nation since the program began. When you think about your college experience, it's easy to recall the four years of a carefree attitude filled with parties and the occasional studying, but there is a very important side to the college experience that is not being shared nearly enough. It has the power to raise millions of dollars, engage thousands of future leaders, and shine a bright light on America's future. 


San Antonio Dance Marathon Mission...

...Dancing for Kids who can't


The San Antonio Dance Marathon, at the University of the Incarnate Word, hosted by Cardinals for Kids, a division of UIW's University Mission and Ministry, is a unique and exciting tradition dedicated to raising awareness and funds to serve the families of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, while engaging students and the community to create leaders, dancers, and MIRACLES!

For more information on the story of Ryan White & the origins of Dance Marathon check out this video:



Ryan Wayne White was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States, after being expelled from middle school because of his infection. As a hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December 1984, was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, but AIDS was poorly understood at the time and when White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance. A lengthy lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, and media coverage of the case made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. Surprising his doctors, White lived five years longer than predicted but died in April 1990, one month before his high school graduation. (



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