WVU students organize Dance Marathon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University students will dance the night away to raise money for WVU Children’s Hospital patients during Dance Marathon 2009 on March 7 and 8 at the Mountainlair in Morgantown.

Student volunteers have pledged to stay awake for 18 hours (noon Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday) to raise money that could help save the lives of sick and injured children. During the event, participants will listen to live entertainment, dance, play games and enjoy refreshments. Events include a life-sized board game, country hour, water pong, energy drink flip cup and WVU hour, during which the WVU vs. Louisville men’s basketball game will be broadcast.

In addition, former Children’s Hospital patients will be in attendance throughout the marathon to visit with the dancers.

“WVU Children’s Hospital truly makes miracles happen. At the marathon, I pledge to stay awake and on my feet for 18 hours to represent the physical, mental and emotional struggles the kids at the hospital face,” Tricia Cesarino, WVU student and director of the project, said. “Unlike these children, I know when my struggle will be over, yet somehow they face their challenges more courageously and positively than I feel I ever could.”

“The Dance Marathon is a great way to raise awareness of our programs and services,” Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “We sincerely appreciate the students’ work and energy. Their efforts help support funding for equipment and care that saves the lives of many children.”

Since 1999, WVU students have organized the marathon by recruiting volunteers, pledge sponsors and community members to participate in the event.

Any business or individual interested in underwriting the event should contact Lora Edgell, Children’s Miracle Network director, at 304-598-4346.

For more information about the WVU Dance Marathon, including information on donating, see https://www.kidsmiracles.org/Page.aspx?pid=1050.

For information on WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.



For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 02-09-09

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