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Miracle at WCU

Dance Marathon

Miracle at WCU Main Event 2022

In the mountains of Western North Carolina, Miracle at WCU is a year long campaign to raise awareness and financial support for the miracle families of Prisma Children’s Hospital-Upstate. This generation fighting for the next.

Goal 2023: TBA
Cause: WCU Endowment for miracle children to attend camp

Are you up to making Miracles? Start today!


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Previously Dance Marathon, Miracle at WCU is part of an international movement involving college and high school students who raise money for the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals. 

Donations raised through Miracle at WCU help fund an endowment in honor of WCU to send Miracle children to personalized summer camps. 

Miracle at WCU has raised over $200,000 in the last 11 years!

2021- $10,573.30*
2019 - $46,413.02
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

*Amount raised is higher due to fundraising after main event. 

Advisory Board

Palin Berkana-Wycoff, Lead Advisor, Department of Campus Activities
Michael Birch, Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness
Diane Swenson, Department of Campus Activities
Brian Boyer, Residential Living

Dance Marathon Hospital


Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate is located in Upstate South Carolina. The goal at Children’s Hospital is to make the lives of children and families a little more joyful, even under the not-so-greatest of circumstances.

WCU's funds go to 4 specialized camps: 
Camp Buddy is an annual 3-day diabetes day camp for children 6-12 years old diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Fostering independence, support and friendships, this medically-supervised camp incorporates lots of fun activities including swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, basketball and team building games. Our on-site medical team includes doctors, nurses and dietitians, who attend to the health of our campers and provide blood sugar checks, diabetes management and education throughout the day.

Camp Cary is a weekend family camp for our supportive care and medically-complex patients. The camp is offered to patients, their parents or caregivers and siblings. The goal of Camp Cary’s Kids is to provide an environment of fun, healing and respite in a family vacation setting.

Camp Courage provides psychosocial support in the form of recreational and educational programs for children, adolescents, and young adults living with cancer or a blood disorder, which allows them to share similar experiences with peers while participating in activities that promote normal development and encourages age appropriate coping with the challenges they face.

Camp Luv-A-Lung, an annual event for children with respiratory problems who have just completed grades 1-8. The camp helps children have a good time while receiving disease-specific education. Counselors are all healthcare staff with nurses on site and available around the clock.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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.

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!

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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