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_DSC2867Dance Marathon at Washington University in St. Louis. (DM) is a student run organization that works year round to raise awareness of and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater Saint Louis (CMN St. Louis).

CMN St. Louis is part of the larger CMN Hospitals network (CMN), which is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of millions of children by raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals across North America. CMNH’s founding pledge is to keep the money in the region in which it is raised.

The St. Louis Area Dance Marathon was founded by Pankaj Sharma in 1999, and in entering its 15th event, was renamed Dance Marathon at Washington University in Saint Louis.

In accordance with CMNH’s core philosophy, all the money raised through DM stays in the St. Louis area, and is equally divided between our two outstanding pediatric institutions: St. Louis Children’s Hospital & SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

The fundraising total for the year is revealed at Dance Marathon’s main event, a 12 hour dance-a-thon where students from Wash. U., Fontbonne, local high schools, and the Saint Louis community stand for those who can’t. To date, Dance Marathon has raised over 1 million dollars for the two hospitals.

At the heart of the event are the Miracle Children, those who have directly benefited from the two hospitals, and their families, who attend the event as guests of honor. Dance Marathon serves as a celebration of the children who have won their battles, and as a proclamation of support to those who are still fighting.