- 2018 Indiana University Dance Marathon
The Constitution of the United States of MRica
We the People of the United States of MRica, in order to help the children at Riley Hospital for Children, mentor 16 high school dance marathons across Indiana. Together we will change the world.
Article 1: What is IUDM
Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM) is the second largest student-run philanthropy in the United States. IUDM was founded in 1991 as the first Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon in the United States in honor of Ryan White. This past year IUDM celebrated its 27th marathon and raised $4,203,326.23. Since our inception in 1991, IUDM has raised $32 million For The Kids at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, our local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital. Children’s Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals.
Acticle 2: Why We Dance
Section 1: Ryan White
IUDM was founded in 1991 in honor of one of out greatest legacies, Ryan White. As a young boy, Ryan was diagnosed with AIDS which he contracted though contaminated blood transfusions he received for hemophilia. Growing up in a time when society misunderstood the AIDS diagnosis, Ryan faced serious ridicule and was even banned from his school. Determined to educate people on AIDS and stand as a voice for all of those impacted by the disease, Ryan courageously fought for his rights. He befriended celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Elton John in high fight and became a national spokesperson for AIDS education. Unfortunately, Ryan passed away on April 8th, 1990, a year before he was to attend Indiana University. Jill Stewart, one of Ryan’s dear friends, came to IU and started IU Dance Marathon in his memory. We dance to commemorate and honor Ryan’s courage.
Section 2: Ashley Louise Crouse
Ashley Louise Crouse is a daily inspiration for all of IUDM. Ashley was an Executive Council member in 2005, serving as IUDM’s Vice President of Communication. In April of 2005, Ashley’s life was taken from us in a sudden accident. Ashley’s family, the IUDM community, and her hometown of Carmel, Indiana, used this tragedy as an inspiration to continue her legacy. After Ashley’s passing, Carmel Dance Marathon was created in her honor. Her initials, “ALC,” are marked on every article of IUDM apparel since she gained her angel wings. Ashley looks down on IUDM with a positive light. We dance to honor Ashley in making everyone we meet feel special.
Section 3: For The Kids
For The kids and families treated at Riley Hospital for Children. Riley Hospital serves as Indiana’s first and only comprehensive children’s hospital in the state of Indiana, nationally ranked in 10 out of 10 specialties. Each year, Riley serves over 300,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation, and the world. In addition to providing funds to enable innovative research and strong clinical programs, IUDM works to build relationships with Riley families. Through community events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Pumpkin Patch outings with Riley kids, and serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House, IUDM works to give back in ways outside of fundraising. We cherish our relationship with our Riley kids and their families. We dance for the brave and inspiring kids at Riley Hospital.
Article 3: Where Does the Money Go
Indiana University Dance Marathon benefits pediatric research and clinical programs at Riley Hospital for Children. The total raised by IUDM is divided so that 75% of funds support research and 25% of funds support clinical programming. For every dollar that IUDM donates to Riley Hospital for research, the Wells Center for Pediatric Research obtains about an additional $12 in federal grant support through the National Institutes of Health.
Riley Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is consistently ranked among the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Riley is currently ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties and remains the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in the state of Indiana. Riley has one of the highest acuity rates of all children’s hospitals (cares for the sickest of the sick) and with funds from IUDM, Riley is able to perform groundbreaking research on many of these illnesses.
Arctle 4: What is Marathon Relations
Marathon Relations (MR) is one of 18 committees that work year round to raise both funds and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children. This year MR will work with 16 different high schools across Indiana, assisting with the planning, organization, and operation of high school dance marathons. We bring non-stop energy and passion across the state in order to inspire the next generation of dancers. Together with our high schools, we can and will make a difference.