What is Dance Marathon?

In 1991, students at one university founded Dance Marathon in the memory of Ryan White, a fellow student. The program now spans the entire country, benefiting hundreds of hospitals and countless kids! More than 250 schools across the country are taking part in this movement, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community. Each event is entirely student-ran and 100% of the funds raised is donated directly to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. These students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with children’s hospital patients and families. Dancers, who are University of Akron students, are the backbone of Dance Marathon. Once registered, they push to raise as much money as possible. All FOR THE KIDS! Live entertainment helps pass the time along with performances by local bands, University Dance and Theatre groups, and speeches given by many of the Dance Marathon families! Dancers are there for the entire marathon—12 hours—with no sitting down! 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. We are 100% FOR THE KIDS!!
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Dance Marathon at The University of Akron

In 2015, The University of Akron embarked on its first year ever joining the movement that is Dance Marathon! This led to raising over $11,000 for the children and families in our community being helped at Akron Children’s Hospital!  We all have such a  strong passion for giving back to the community, and there is no better way to do that than by supporting these amazing children and showing them that we are in this fight together! Our Big Event will take place from 9 AM  to 9 PM on April 14th as we stand for 12 hours straight for those who cannot. We are FOR THE KIDS!! With our next big event coming up fast, we have set our sights set high and have begun working hard to grow our event and surpass last year’s fundraising total by leaps and bounds. Our goal this year is to raise $75,000 FOR THE KIDS and their families. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REACH OUR GOAL! 100% of the money goes straight to the families and children in need of our support. *Our organization has received nonprofit status, 501(c)(3), and all donations are tax deductible. Tax ID - 34-6002924 *

HELP US WITH THIS GREAT CAUSE

We need your help to reach our goal of raising $75,000 FOR THE KIDS! Any donation is greatly appreciated and 100% of the proceeds will be going to support the Akron Children's Hospital and the Miracle Children's Network. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Business Sponsors

A huge thank you to our local business sponsors!

Miracle Workers

The people behind making the magic happen for our Miracle Families.
Lindsay Ray
Lindsay Ray

Internal Director

Motivated, dedicated, & creative.

Carley Maruna
Carley Maruna

External Director

Compassionate, determined, & silly.

Bri Hayes
Bri Hayes

Director of PR- Marketing

Enthusiastic, passionate, & humorous.

Nicholas Wolf
Nicholas Wolf

Director of Sponsorships

Passionate, dynamic, & reliable.

Trista Diersing
Trista Diersing

Director of Recruitment

Ambitious, compassionate, & intuitive.

Paige McGaffick
Paige McGaffick

Director of Event Coordinating/ Catering

Driven, passionate, & determined.

Jamie Vanaman
Jamie Vanaman

Director of Entertainment

Bubbly, Passionate, & Enthusiastic.

Emily Wagner
Emily Wagner

Director of Family Relations

Goofy, Caring, & Committed.

Savannah Frase
Savannah Frase

Director of Finance

Friendly, compassionate, & motivated.

Zachary Weiss
Zachary Weiss

Director of Morale

Loyal, Trustworthy, & Passionate
 

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