Dance Marathon at SDSU is more than just a student organization at San Diego State University, it’s a year-long fundraising effort to benefit the kids and families facing illness or injury at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. In partnership with Children’s Miracle Network, Dance Marathon at SDSU is one of the 400+ Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs nationwide that raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Despite its name, Dance Marathon at SDSU is neither a dance, nor a marathon. It’s a celebration of SDSU students’ year-long campaign to advocate for and uplift Rady Children’s Hospital patient families. These efforts culminate in an annual 15-hour-long overnight “dance marathon,” during which participants don’t sit down or sleep for the entire duration of the event in order to symbolize the strength and many sleepless nights of Rady families. Not only is the event full of fun, dancing, games, food and prizes, but students also have the opportunity to meet children who have been treated at Rady Children’s and hear their stories. For everyone involved, this is a life-changing event, as they gain perspective of the challenges that sick and injured children face every day.
Dance Marathon at SDSU began in the fall of 2014, raising more than $40,000 in its first year alone. Since then, over $1 million has been raised for the Hospital, with $365,221.54 in the 2019-2020 year alone. 1,600+ student participants and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised annually make it the largest philanthropic event on SDSU’s campus and the highest-fundraising Miracle Network Dance Marathon program on the West Coast.
“I am so proud of the impact Dance Marathon at SDSU is able to make on both our Rady Children’s and SDSU communities,” said Hannah Geeser, Dance Marathon at SDSU 2020-2021 Executive Director, “The funds we raise and the awareness we bring to this truly deserving cause mean that no child has to dance alone, and we are so grateful to able to support and work with such an amazing hospital.”