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Miracle at WCU

Dance Marathon


In the mountains of Western North Carolina, Miracle at WCU is a 12-hour event where Catamounts pledge to dance for 12 hours to raise awareness and financial support for the miracle families of Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital. This generation fighting for the next.


Goal 2020: $50,000
Cause: WCU Endowment for miracle children to attend camp
Raised in 2019: $46,413.02

Are you up to making Miracles?


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Previously Dance Marathon, Miracle at WCU is an international movement involving college and high school students who raise money for the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals. Students founded Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon in 1991 in the memory of Ryan White. Since its inception, the movement has expanded to over 100 universities and colleges across the globe.

Donations raised through Miracle at WCU help fund a Child Life Specialist at the Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System. Every parent’s worst nightmare is the possibility that his or her child will be diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness or experience a tragic accident. What happens, though, to the child whose parent experiences a tragic accident or is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness? This is where the Child Life Services team joins the family in supporting and assisting the children whose parents are undergoing long-term medical care. Supporting children in these circumstances, even though they themselves are not sick, is just as important as supporting children who are sick. We do not take our motto, “For the Kids” lightly and will continue to provide our services and help in whatever way we possibly can to ensure miracles continue to happen for all children.

Miracle at WCU has raised over $110,000 in the last 6 years!

2017 - $29,209.14
2016 - $21,510.72
2015 - $12,681.02
2014 - $10,871.97
2014 - $11,616.87 
2013 - $16,367.25
2012 - $8,215.83

Student Board

Ani-Yah Shead, Coordinator of Morale
Kayleigh Hand, Director of Sponsorship
Megan Harward, Director of Financial Operations
Jacob Monroe, Coordinator of Fundraising
Haylee Ewert, Coordinator of Public Relations
Sara Mears, Director of Internal Operations
Kaitlyn Brown, Coordinator of Marketing
Makayla Cook, Director of Events
Erin Pittman, Director of External Operations
Raeven McCrodden, Coordinator of Participant Relations
Jermois Morris, Coordinator of Hospital Relations
Ashley Palmer, Graduate Assistant and Executive Director

Advisory Board

Palin Berkana-Wycoff, Lead Advisor, Department of Campus Activities
Michael Birch, Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness
Brandon Lokey, Department of Campus Activities
Diane Swenson, Department of Campus Activities

Dance Marathon Hospital


Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS) is located in Upstate South Carolina.  Board-certified physicians care for more than 330,000 infants, children, and adolescents each year.  From primary care to child life services, we are dedicated to providing outstanding medical care for every child.  We are committed to serving not only the patient’s well being but also the well being of their families.  

Pediatric radiologists and anesthesiologists are on-site around the clock, providing expert care specifically tailored to the needs of children, including critically ill and premature newborns. 

Physicians, nurses, therapists and other clinicians approach patient care through the eyes of a child.  From pediatric sized medical equipment to patient room decor, innovative care is delivered in a child-friendly environment.


Frequently Asked Questions

who does MIRACLE support?

Miracle at WCU supports the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, specifically the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System. Participants raise funds and awareness year-round to support the children and families at the hospital.

what if i can't dance?

Miracle at WCU is not all about actual dance skills.  Think of 'dancing' as a celebratory term. Kids celebrate by dancing, right? We celebrate the milestones we will reach this year by pledging to stand and dance to bring awareness of those – it’s a celebration of life! In hindsight, any type of dancing is welcome.

what does 'FTK' mean?

“FTK” is an acronym that stands for “For the Kids”.

who was ryan white?

As a thirteen-year old, Ryan contracted AIDS through contaminated blood transfusions he received for hemophilia. Because of ignorance about AIDS at the time, Ryan was not allowed to return to classes. Throughout his own struggles with this disease and public misconceptions, Ryan spoke out and even testified before the President’s Commission on AIDS. After a courageous struggle, Ryan White died on April 8, 1990, the spring before he had planned to attend Indiana University. His fight to help those afflicted with infectious diseases is continued, in part, by the Indiana University Dance Marathon Council. In memory of Ryan’s life and work, the annual Dance Marathon benefits Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and established the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center.

why should I get involved?

There are multiple reasons why it is a great idea to get involved with Miracle at WCU. For one, it is truly a life-changing experience for everyone who participates. Over the course of all of the fundraising, and that at the marathon, we learn exactly why we are dancing. When you meet the Miracle families and hear them tell their stories, you know why you’re there.

In addition, Miracle at WCU is a family. Whether you’re on a committee or you’re at the marathon as a dancer, everyone is coming together as a community to do something for the community. It is absolutely a special feeling that you get to share with everyone else!

how do i raise money?

Throughout the year, there are many different fundraising opportunities offered by Miracle at WCU which makes it easy to get a head start on your fundraising goal. Most participants also send emails or make phone calls to close friends and family, which is a great way to raise money for the kids! Tell them why you’re doing what you’re doing and what Miracle at WCU is all about and most people are happy to contribute!

FAQ adapted from Indiana University Dance Marathon and Iowa State Dance Marathon websites

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