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FMU to host 2nd Annual Dance Marathon to benefit children's hospital

At the end of the month, the Francis Marion University community will dance to raise money for McLeod Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of the Children’s Miracle Network.

Organizers say it isn’t too late to register your company or organization to participate in the university sponsored Dance Marathon 2014 from 4 to 11:59 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community.

This event is organized by a student-run group created by the FMU Office of Student Affairs and serves as the kickoff of a two-month drive to raise funds to make medical treatment available for children whose families cannot afford it. According to Dance Marathon’s coordinator Jordan Tillar, ’14, the primary purpose of the event is to raise funds, it is also meant to unite the FMU community.

The marathon will consist of students, organizations, faculty, staff and community members standing and dancing for eight hours in the Smith University Center Commons. Aside from the actual dancing, the Dance Marathon will also feature several other events.

These student organizers spend a year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with children’s hospital patients and families. The year culminates with a 12-40 hour long event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in celebration of the total amount raised that year.

To register, contact Tillar at (843) 661-1294 or at

Last Published: January 24, 2014 2:02 PM
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