Welcome to Dance Marathon at the University of Oregon!
Right now there's a Children's Miracle Network Hospital working to save the lives of kids in your community. In fact 62 children enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute -- that's one child every second. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others require constant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic disease. Regardless of why the kids are there, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals always have their doors open.
Our Mission: We unite the campus and the community through this amazing cause and through dancing. All profits stay LOCAL so we are able to see exactly how the money we are fundraising affects families and children in our community.
History of the National Dance Marathon: Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community. These students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with children’s hospital patients and families. The year culminates with a 12-40 hour long event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in celebration of the total amount raised that year. Why stay on your feet for that long? To quote the first Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon’s mission statement: “We dance for those who can’t.” It is this solidarity to – and connection with – the cause that makes Dance Marathon an event unlike any other. In 1991, students at one university founded Dance Marathon in the memory ofRyan White, a fellow student. The program now spans the entire country, benefiting hundreds of hospitals and countless kids. Dance Marathons have become a tradition on campus and in the community. Each event is entirely student run and all donate 100% of the funds raised directly to their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Last year alone, college dance marathons raised more than $8 million.
Facts About Children's Miracle Network Hospital's:
Treat over 17 million patients each year.
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 all children with pediatric AIDS.
Train 60% of all pediatricians and 80% of all pediatric specialists.
Educate families and communities about issues like child safety seats, bike helmets and bicycle safety.
Provide $2.5 billion in charity (uncompensated) care each year.
What People Are Saying About Our CMN Hospital: “Over 17,000 infants and children were treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center in 2011. The new Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend opened in 2008 with more rooms, more updated technology, and a wonderful healing environment for children and their families.” “My daughter Katelyn was born at 28w2d, weighing 1lb 6.5oz, spending 90 days in the NICU, and then my son William was born at 28w1d, weighing 2lb 4.6oz and spend 59 days there. The NICU doctors and nurses saved my children’s lives. I am so thankful for them!” -Rachel Brecko "Isabella was born at 26 weeks gestation, weighing just 2lb. Isabella spend 91 days in the NICU at Sacred Hear and we feel very blessed that we have such a wonderful hospital here, giving top notch care. Isabella is a healthy 10 year old today.” -Nicole Roberts
*All content is directly from Children’s Miracle Network*