Our Story

Dance Marathon at Florida State University holds an annual 40-hour event where more than 1,800 students stay awake and on their feet to raise money and awareness for our local beneficiaries. Our mission is For the Kids with a commitment to raising funds for children in need of specialized pediatric and medical care that otherwise are not available to them locally. Dance Marathon at FSU, the largest student-run philanthropy in the southeastern region of the United States, benefits our local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Shands Children’s Hospital, and the FSU College of Medicine Pediatric Outreach Program. We are one of the five founding Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s in the country!

The 40-hour event is split into two 20-hour shifts (Garnet and Gold), where dancers commit to being on their feet for 20 hours, standing for those who can’t. Dancers, volunteers, and local community members are inspired by local performing artists and student groups, sponsored theme hour activities, and by meeting local miracle families who have been directly affected by the funds raised through events like Dance Marathon at FSU and have been treated at our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. In addition to the 40-hour marathon, Dance Marathon at FSU hosts additional events throughout the year. Our mission is a year-long effort and a year-long celebration!

Dance Marathon Donations Raised at FSU

Dance Marathon at FSU is committed to making a difference in our community, $1 at a time. In 2017, Dance Marathon at FSU raised a grand total of $1,830,167.28 and since our inception in 1996, nearly $10 million For the Kids. The funds raised make the difference in providing the medical care, treatment, and research needed at Shands Children’s Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and the FSU College of Medicine.

Our Cause

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children's hospitals. Shands Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida is the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital participating hospital for the Tallahassee/South Georgia, Gainesville/North Central Florida, and West Palm Beach areas.

CMN at Shands Children's Hospital is the state’s premier pediatric health center. Our donations help to provide innovative and comprehensive care, support pediatric research, and the purchase of the latest technology to maintain this high standard of clinical care. Shands Children’s Hospital has a high commitment to providing a comfortable environment for families during hospital stays, and our donations help provide many of the services and programs to make this possible.

For more information, please visit their website.

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FSU College of Medicine Pediatric Outreach Programs

Dance Marathon at FSU is proud to support our local Tallahassee Community. In addition to supporting our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, 50% of our efforts are to support the FSU College of Medicine Pediatric Outreach Programs. These programs include helping the school-based programs in Gadsden County, research, and more.

The principal focus of the College of Medicine is on meeting the primary-care needs of Florida, with a particular emphasis on rural, minority, elderly, and other underserved populations.

Before this medical school was created in 2000, most experts thought the U.S. actually had too many medical schools and physicians. Research done in connection with our founding, however, began a monumental shift in that thinking. It turned out that U.S. physicians were plentiful but distributed ineffectively, especially for rural patients, and were rapidly approaching retirement age. We graduated our first class in 2005. Through 2012, more than half of our alumni had matched in the primary-care specialties of internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics-gynecology.

The larger goal is to serve the underserved. In that sense, producing a surgeon will serve in rural Florida is at least as valuable as producing another family physician will serve in Orlando. We strive to fulfill Florida’s need for better medical care for all of its residents.

The College of Medicine has been working with Gadsden’s health department and school district to expand services in student health centers at James A. Shanks Middle School and George W. Munroe Elementary School. Medical school faculty, FSU medical students, and psychology graduate students work part time there – thanks in large part to the donations raised by the incomparable Dance Marathon volunteers.