Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is an annual 26.2 hour event benefiting the patients of UFHealth Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Each year, more than 800 students stay awake and on their feet to raise money and awareness for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. In the 22 years of Dance Marathon at UF's existence, more than $12.4 million has been donated, making it the most successful student-run philanthropy in the southeastern United States. In 2016, DM at UF raised a grand total of $2,434,315.18 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals at UFHealth Shands Children's Hospital. Dance Marathon is celebrating its 23rd birthday in 2017. Many children and families have received tremendous care and support while they battle diseases and illnesses because of the dedication and endless hard work of the students at UF over the past 22 years.
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