IUDM Celebrates Record $2.6 Million for Riley
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (November 17, 2013) – Today more than 3,000 students who participated in the 23rd annual Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM) are celebrating a record $2,622,123.21 million donation to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The November 15-17 36-hour no sitting, no sleeping event has now raised more than $16.5 million for the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center at Riley Hospital.
“Surpassing $2.6 million for the benefit of kids at Riley Hospital for Children is an incredible accomplishment. Dedication and selfless attitudes have prevailed for 23 years promoting a can-do attitude amongst all IUDM participants. IUDM is one of the most respected student organizations across the country. Our hearts of gratitude extend to the students who work diligently year-round to achieve this success,” said Jason Mueller, director of regional communications, Riley Children’s Foundation.
During the marathon, dancers learned a line dance, competed in a basketball tournament and other games, listened to Riley families share their stories, and watched a talent show featuring Riley patients, among numerous other activities. Indianapolis Colts’ long-snapper Matt Overton – who regularly visits patients at Riley Hospital – emceed the Riley Talent Show on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
2014 Riley Champion Presented by Kroger Paige Rawl, 19, Indianapolis, was among the Riley patients attending. Now a college freshman and participating in Ball State University’s Dance Marathon, Paige spoke about her journey living with HIV, and how she directly benefits from the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center at Riley Hospital.
Indiana University was the first organization to host a dance marathon for a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN), launching a movement that has spread to 250 additional universities across the nation. These schools have followed IUDM’s model resulting in a collective $62 million raised by CMN dance marathons since 1991. Riley Dance Marathons – the fastest-growing fundraising program for Riley Hospital for Children – raised a record $3,290,718 last year, more than 26% of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ dance marathons’ nationwide total.
Donations can be made to IUDM by visiting www.iudm.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.