WHAT IS IUDM???
IUDM is the largest student run organization at IU. We raise money all year for Riley Hospital for Children, a local hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the end of the year we hold a 36-hour Dance Marathon. Since the start of IUDM in 1991, over $28 million has been raised for Riley Hospital for Children. Last year we raised the highest amount in IUDM history, $4.2 million, and have set our goals to break records again this year with IUDM 2018. All of the money raised this year will be split – 75% for pediatric research at the Wells Center of Pediatric Research and 25% will support clinical programming at Riley Hospital for Children.
WHY I DANCE???
The reason that I am so passionate about raising money for Riley Hospital for Children, and being a part of IUDM as a whole is because of my two little cousins. Caden was born 10 weeks premature and had to spend the first part of his life in the NICU unit at Riley Hospital. He was born with a stage 4 brain bleed and his parents were told that we would not make it through the night. Almost Every hour that night, Riley doctors alerted us that they had to make a 50/50 decision that would either help save Caden or cause him to lose his life. After one week the bleeding in his brain was gone and Caden was fully expected to make it out of Riley as soon as he was strong enough. Caden is now 7 years old with no birth defects and no learning disabilities all because of Riley! then we have Caleb. Caleb was 2 years old he fell into a pool and drown. His dad found him face down at the bottom of the pool and dove in after him. When Caleb was pulled out he was completely blue and his mother had to preform CPR while waiting on an ambulance to take him to Riley Hospital. By the time they got to the hospital Caleb had a pulse again, but his complications were far from over. Riley doctors quickly realized that Caleb had pneumonia in both of his lung and needed to stay at riley to be closely watched. pediatric pneumonia kills 3 million children worldwide each year, but with the help of Riley Hospital, Caleb battled and was eventually released to go home. Caleb is now 5 years old and about to start his first year of kindergarten with no complications.
FTK!! God bless!!