This February, we are focused on Our Fight. Over the next month, we will be taking a deeper look into where the funds we raise throughout the year go! All funds raised locally, stay local, and 100% go directly to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The money we raised is divided 50-50 between UF College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The Department of Pediatrics invests funds heavily in research to move funds forward, and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital uses funds where there is the greatest need. Some areas our funds support include programs for patients, hospital renovations, updated equipment, and new research initiatives!
Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is the largest student-run and highest fundraising philanthropy in the Southeast United States. Our mission is to strive to bring together the campus and community to raise funds and awareness for our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. We are going into our 30th year of Dance Marathon at UF, having fundraised over $30,000,000 thus far. This past year, we celebrated our 29th year by raising a historic $2,007,079.05!
30 years ago, it was the resilience, the drive, the fight, in a group of students with a dedicated purpose, that has long since inspired thousands of members, partners, and donors to continue our battle. #FightForMore encapsulates our determination to carry on the legacy of DM at UF and all those who came before us. Our Miracle Children and Families are all fighting illnesses they did not choose to fight. They never stop fighting, so neither should we. We all have the ability to fight; to create a world where children facing pediatric illness are not defined by their conditions, but rather their courage and determination to #FightForMore.
DM at UF is one of the five founding Dance Marathon programs in the nation. Since our start, we have raised more than $30 million for the Miracle Families UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
Ranked one of the top 50 pediatric hospitals in the nation in seven categories, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network have created one of the greatest facilities of care for children and young adults.
Take a moment to meet the heart and soul of our movement. Our Miracle Families are the inspiration for every student who is part of DM at UF.