Thousands of Indiana students celebrate National Dance Marathon Day

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Thousands of students across Indiana will be celebrating National Dance Marathon Day on Friday, October 9. More than 15,000 Indiana students participate in the Riley Dance Marathon program on an annual basis. In the 2014-15 school year, Indiana students raised more than $5.5 million dollars for Riley Hospital for Children.

In 1991, students at Indiana University founded Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM) in memory of Riley Hospital patient Ryan White, who lost his battle with HIV/AIDS. Since the founding of IUDM 25 years ago, the Dance Marathon program has spread nationwide through Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. More than 300 universities, colleges and high schools participate in the Miracle Network Dance Marathon program benefitting their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Riley Hospital for Children is the only affiliated CMN Hospital in the state.

Riley Dance Marathons are student-run organizations that support Riley Hospital for Children through year-round fundraising efforts. The fundraising culminates in a multi-hour event where students are awake and on their feet to honor the kids we serve.

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

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