The Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon program began in 1995 when Indiana University raised more than $60,000 after their third event for the Ryan White Infectious Disease Fund. The Indiana University Dance Marathon Council (IUDMC) established this fund at Riley Hospital for Children, a Children's Miracle Network hospital in Indianapolis.
The Tradition of dance marathon began as a contest in which the last couple standing was declared the winner. That concept began to change in 1973 when Penn State's Inter-fraternity Council began a dance marathon as a fundraiser. By 1977 it had a set length (48 hours) and was an annual benefit for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State's Hershey Medical Center. Today the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon raises over $4 million annually. Thanks to the help of students at Indiana, Penn State and many other schools since the onset of their partnerships, Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon program has grown tremendously. In 1995, the first year of the program, four universities raised $142,000 for kids treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The following year, 10 schools participated and raised over $300,000.
Currently, almost a hundred schools and tens of thousands of students across North America participate in Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon. CMN Dance Marathons are held at campuses of all sizes.
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