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  • Do you want to be part of a group that helps provide over $2.5 billion in patient care a year for children who need treatment for severe medical conditions?
    Do you want to have a blast in the process?
  • Founded by Marie Osmond and her family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake. Began as a small, televised fundraiser in a small studio in 1983 with a small group of about 20 children’s hospitals.
  • Raises most of the money from $1-$2 donations throughout the year, through the purchase of red and yellow CMN balloons from local convenient stores
    A few of the corporate sponsors include: Walmart, Rite Ait, Dairy Queen, IHOP, Domino Sugar, Phi Mu Sorority, Church’s Chicken, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and many more.
  • Organized dance endurance competitions for prizes and money
    Penn State was the first University to put together a Dance Marathon (also known as ‘THON) for a charitable cause in 1973
    One of the oldest running dance marathons
    Largest student run philanthropy in the world
    - FIRST DM FOR CMN was at Indiana University
    DM is now conducted at over 100 universities and colleges across the nation
  • More than 1,300 people fundraise
    Event organized and run by hundreds of students
    Over 700 dancers stay on their feet for 26.2 hours for those children who can’t
    2010 DM event raised more than $517,000
    That’s over $100,000 than the previous year!!
  • Mash up of different songs
    Segments of the line dance are taught throughout the night
    Performed once an hour
    Optional (if rhythm isn’t your thing)
  • Football players come to give motivational speeches
    2009 Tim Tebow
    Local bands play music
    UF’s hip/hop dance team performs
  • Children who have been helped through funds raised by DM come to the event to share their individual stories and explain how DM and
    CMN has helped them with their battle
    The true reason why DM occurs every year

    Just a Few Statistics:
    Treat 98% of all children needing heart or lung transplants.
    Treat 88% of all children with cancer.
    Treat 76% of all children with cystic fibrosis.
    Treat 90% of all children with sickle cell anemia.
    Treat 72% of children with pediatric AIDS.
  • Register online at
    Create an account
    Send emails, write letters
    Applications are found online at
    Must complete an interview
    Vote for UF Pepsi “Refresh the DANCE MARATHON Pediatric Waiting Area at Shands” to help win a $15,000 award that goes directly to DM.
    Various fundraising activities that are announced. They range from bowling nights to zoo days!
  • Contact information

    The Dance Marathon at UF Office Room 330 C J. Wayne Reitz Union (Student Activities Center)
    Phone: 352-265-7953
  • Transcript

    • 1. Dance Dance Dance for Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon at the University of Florida
    • 2. A Brief History of the Children’s Miracle Network • Founded in 1983 • Treats over 17 million patients a year • 170 pediatric hospitals in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia
    • 3. Fundraising since 1983 • Has raised more than $3.4 billion as of 2008 • Raises more than $250 million annually • CMN has over 75 corporate partners
    • 4. Then came Dance Marathon…
    • 5. Beginnings of Dance Marathon The idea of Dance Marathon started in the 1920s and 1930s Since the 1920s, dance marathons have become a popular way to fundraise money for various charitable groups The first Dance Marathon targeted at raising funds for CMN started in 1991 in honor of Ryan White One of the first Dance Marathons from the 1920s
    • 6. Dance Marathon at the University of Florida • Started in 1994 • Largest and most successfully run student run organization in the Southeast United States • Has raised over $3.2 million since inception
    • 7. Now onto the fun stuff… •Dancing •Guest Appearances •Inspirational Stories •And More!
    • 8. The Famous Line Dance
    • 9. Special Appearances Local Heroes School mascots Albert and Alberta
    • 10. What it’s all about… the Champion Children These children have overcome serious illnesses with the money raised from CMN and Dance Marathon
    • 11. How to get involved • Become a DM Dancer • Be a DM Team Member or Captain • Support and attend local fundraisers
    • 12. Do It… “For all the right reasons” • Questions?