02/19/2010

Student Dance Marathon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University students will dance their winter blues away and raise money for WVU Children’s Hospital at the 2010 Dance Marathon Feb. 27 and 28 at the Mountainlair.

Student volunteers will stay awake for 18 hours to raise money that could help save the lives of sick and injured children. During the event participants will dance, play games, listen to live entertainment and enjoy refreshments. Former Children’s Hospital patients will visit with the dancers throughout the marathon.

“Dance Marathon is an event that has the unique opportunity to bridge generational gaps in order to rally an entire community around supporting the children who are helped by WVU Children’s Hospital,” Erica Rogers, WVU student and director of the project, said.

“WVU students put a lot of time and energy into planning and participating in the Dance Marathon every year, and we are grateful for their efforts,” Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “With their help, we are able to educate the student population about the great things that happen here every day.”

Dance Marathon is held every year in collaboration with WVU Children’s Hospital in association with the Children’s Miracle Network. Since 1999, WVU students have organized the marathon by recruiting volunteers, pledge sponsors and community members to participate in the event. Through their efforts, they have raised nearly $200,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital.

Any business or individual interested in underwriting the event should contact Lora Edgell, Children’s Miracle Network director for WVU Children’s Hospital, at 304-598-4346 ext. 2.

For more information on the Dance Marathon, see www.kidsmiracles.org/Page.aspx?pid=1344.

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

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For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
jonesan@wvuh.com
asj: 02-10-10

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