UADM exists to provide financial and emotional assistance to the children and families undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, AL. Dance Marathon, the main event of UADM, is a nationwide movement, involving college and high school students at over 150 schools across the nation who raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in their community. Entirely student run, all donating 100% of the funds they raise directly to their local children's hospital, Dance Marathons have become a tradition on campus and in the community. These students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and social skills while raising funds in a variety of ways and interacting with children’s hospital patients and families. The year culminates with a 12 hour long event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games, and entertainment in order to celebrate the total amount raised that year. Why stay on your feet for that long? To quote the first Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s mission statement: “We dance for those who can’t.” It is this solidarity to and connection with the cause that makes Dance Marathon an event unlike any other.
UADM first joined Children's Miracle Network in 2011 in a partnership to support Children's Hospital in Birmingham, AL. In their first year, UADM was able to raise $14,952.18 for the families. If you are interested in becoming part of UADM as either a sponsor, Miracle Maker, or staff member, please see the tabs above or email UADM at firstname.lastname@example.org.