TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama Dance Marathon raised $248,796 over the past year for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at Children’s of Alabama.
The student-led organization announced its fundraising total at the annual Main Event Feb. 23.
“Our staff and campus puts in so much work to raise funds through fundraising campaigns, special events and personal fundraising each year,” said Eric Ward, president of UADM.
The Main Event is the culmination of UADM’s year. More than 1,000 UA students participated in the 13.1-hour-long dance marathon held at the Ferguson Student Center.
“Children’s of Alabama focuses on family-centered care, which means that they care for the entire family and not just the patient,” said Ward. “Through our philanthropy, Children’s child life, pastoral care and social services departments are able to keep their focus on the family.”
Aside from the Main Event, UADM provides emotional support and organizes several events for the families throughout the year.
Dance Marathon is part of a nationwide movement that involves college and high school students who raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. UADM was created in 2011 with the mission of providing yearlong support for children being treated at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.