Dance Marathon 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
Donations raised through WCU Dance Marathon 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.
We are proud to support the Child Life Services program at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health Systems.
WCUDM has raised over $80,000 in the last 5 years!
2016 - $21,510.72
2015 - $12,681.02
2014 - $10,871.97
2014 - $11,616.87
2013 - $16,367.25
2012 - $8,215.83
Executive Director - Noah Sautter
Director of Sponsorship - Kevin Trudell
Director of Dancer Relations - Becca Chisholm
Director of Events - Brandon Falls
Director of Hospital Relations - Stephanie Gorski
Director of Public Relations - Allison Sebestin
Coordinator of Morale - Chloe DeRosa
Coordinator of Fundraising - Megan Harward
Coordinator of Logistics - Darby Terrell
Lead Advisor - Brandon Lokey, Department of Campus Activities
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
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.
WCU Dance Marathon would not be what it is today without the help of local and regional
sponsors and donors. As a sponsor or donor, your organization has the opportunity
to give back to the community and help create miracles in our region. In addition
to this, you will see the added benefit of your organization reaching the eyes of
over 250 dancers and over 2,500 social media followers. Please download our sponsorship packet below for more information.
If you are interested in becoming one of our partners, please contact our Director
of Sponsorship, Kevin Trudell, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!
WCU Dance Marathon graciously welcomes in-kind donations such as items in our silent
auctions, fundraising efforts, dancer and volunteer goodie bags, items to donate to
Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health Sysytem and food donations to feed participants
at the main event and at our community events. We'd love anything your organization
would like to donate.
Organizations can also give a monetary donation directly to WCU Dance Marathon.
Campus Recreation & Wellness
Although we call our participants “dancers,” WCUDM is more than just dancing; it is
a yearlong fundraising effort that ends with a 12-hour non-stop party. Being a dancer
is not just volunteering your time, but deciding you want to join over 250 people
across WCU’s campus and the community in an effort to change the lives of the kids
and families at our regional Children’s Hospital at Greenville Health Systems in Greenville,
SC. We unite for the 12 awesome hours in support of the kids and families who lives
are impacted daily through the support of Children’s Miracle Network.
- What you receive for dancing for the kids
- What dancers received in 2016:
- 3 meals throughout the day, with snacks in between.
- The 2017 WCU DM event t-shirt to remember the best 12 hours of your life.
- Intense games to channel your competitive energy.
- The Miracle Dance.
- The awarding of the Transformation Trophy!
- Life changing stories from the kids YOU are helping to save!
- Register as an Individual Dancer
- WCU students/faculty/staff and the local community are eligible to celebrate with
- If there isn’t a team created you would like to join or make yourself, no worries!
You can still be a part of the event as a registered individual with all the same
perks, including being part of a color team! One way to think of a color team is simply a big family you never knew you had. You
will eat together and compete as one throughout the day.
- Dancer incentive tiers (coming soon)
- 2017 Registration Price Structure
- $20 by Friday, May 5
- $25 by Friday, October 13 (guaranteed shirt and shirt size)
- $30 by noon on Friday, November 3
- Register as a Team
- Do you have a group of friends or organization you want to fundraise with and dance
with at WCU DM? Create or join an existing team! By doing so, you can:
- Spend the entire 12 hours with your best friends, or get to know a new group of people.
- Organize group fundraisers to reach your team goal!
- Have a reason to wear matching team t-shirts to show off your color spirit.
- Compete at Dance Marathon to win the Transformation Trophy.
- Click here to explore our dancer packet (coming soon)