Purdue University Dance Marathon Celebrates Record $1 Million

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (November 10, 2013) – Nearly 2,100 Purdue students who participated in the 10th Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM) are celebrating a record $1,000,471.03 donation to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. PUDM is one of the nation’s fastest growing Dance Marathon events, according to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.   

The 18-hour Dance Marathon event, held November 9-10 at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, concluded at 12 p.m. today. The motto of PUDM is to “stand for those who can’t.” The funds benefit high priority projects for Riley Children’s Foundation:  60 percent for pediatric cancer research; 40 percent for areas-of-greatest-need at Indiana’s only nationally ranked and comprehensive children’s hospital. Riley Hospital requires significant donations to sustain and expand groundbreaking, life-saving treatment and research, facilities and accessibility.

PUDM honored former Purdue students John Romine of Columbus, Ind. and David Feltner of Noblesville, Ind. Romine passed away in December 2008 after battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Feltner passed away in June 2011 after battling a soft tissue cancer relapse.

During the marathon, approximately 2,100 students participated in a line dance, heard Riley teen acoustic duo “South Six Five,” listened to Riley families share their stories and watched a talent show featuring Riley patients, among numerous other activities.

Last year, PUDM raised $528,654.67. Through 10 events, PUDM has celebrated $2.4 million in support for Riley Hospital. Here is a summary of PUDM’s annual support:

PUDM Event Donation to Riley Hospital for Children
$2,493
2006 $25,606
2007 $57,795
2008 $75,491
2009 $101,550
Winter 2010 $143,221
Fall 2010 $172,528
2011 $303,562
2012 $528,000
2013 $1,000,471
Cumulative Total $2,410,722

Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics more than 300,000 times as well as an additional 100,000 times in clinics and hospitals staffed by Riley physicians throughout the state. Nearly 7,000 of those patient visits involve families from Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

About PUDM

PUDM is a member of the Riley Dance Marathon program, the nation’s largest Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) affiliated dance marathon program. At CMN’s 2013 Dance Marathon Leadership Conference, PUDM was given the Miracle Maker Award. This award is the highest award given to a dance marathon under 10 years old. In the past ten years, PUDM has raised more than $2.4 million for the children and families of Riley Hospital. For more information, visit pudm.org.

Donations can be made to PUDM by visiting pudm.org.

About Riley Children’s Foundation

Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org. 

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