Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon


In the mountains of Western North Carolina, WCU’s Dance Marathon is a 12-hour event where Catamounts pledge to dance for 12 hours to raise awareness and financial support for the miracle families of Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital. This generation fighting for the next. How big of an impact will YOU make this year?

A big THANK YOU for everyone who made the 2016 event such a success!  With the support of our campus and local community, we raised a WCU record-breaking $21,510.72! Check out the recap video for Dance Marathon 2016!


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Dance Marathon 2017
November 4
10am - 10pm 


Dance Marathon is an international movement involving college and high school students who raise money for the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals. Students founded Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon in 1991 in the memory of Ryan White. Since its inception the movement has expanded to over 100 universities and colleges across the globe.  

Donations raised through WCU Dance Marathon help fund a Child Life Specialist at the Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System. Every parent’s worst nightmare is the possibility that his or her child will be diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness or experience a tragic accident. What happens, though, to the child whose parent experiences a tragic accident or is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness?  This is where the Child Life Services team joins the family in supporting and assisting the children whose parents are undergoing long-term medical care. Supporting children in these circumstances, even though they themselves are not sick, is just as important as supporting children who are sick. We do not take our motto, “For the Kids” lightly and will continue to provide our services and help in whatever way we possibly can to ensure miracles continue to happen for all children.

We are proud to support the Child Life Services program at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health Systems. 

WCUDM has raised over $80,000 in the last 5 years!

2016 - $21,510.72
2015 - $12,681.02
2014 - $10,871.97
2014 - $11,616.87 
2013 - $16,367.25
2012 - $8,215.83

Executive Director - Noah Sautter
Director of Sponsorship - Kevin Trudell
Director of Dancer Relations - Becca Chisholm
Director of Events - Brandon Falls
Director of Hospital Relations - Stephanie Gorski
Director of Public Relations - Allison Sebestin
Coordinator of Morale - Chloe DeRosa
Coordinator of Fundraising - Megan Harward
Coordinator of Logistics - Darby Terrell
Lead Advisor - Brandon Lokey, Department of Campus Activities

Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS) is located in Upstate South Carolina.  Board-certified physicians care for more than 330,000 infants, children, and adolescents each year.  From primary care to child life services, we are dedicated to providing outstanding medical care for every child.  We are committed to serving not only the patient’s well being, but also the well being of their families.  

Pediatric radiologists and anesthesiologists are on-site around the clock, providing expert care specifically tailored to the needs of children, including critically ill and premature newborns. 

Physicians, nurses, therapists and other clinicians approach patient care through the eyes of a child.  From pediatric sized medical equipment to patient room decor, innovative care is delivered in a child friendly environment.

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WCU Dance Marathon would not be what it is today without the help of local and regional sponsors and donors. As a sponsor or donor, your organization has the opportunity to give back to the community and help create miracles in our region. In addition to this, you will see the added benefit of your organization reaching the eyes of over 250 dancers and over 2,500 social media followers. Please download our sponsorship packet below for more information. If you are interested in becoming one of our partners, please contact our Director of Sponsorship, Kevin Trudell, at We look forward to working with you!

In-Kind Donations

WCU Dance Marathon graciously welcomes in-kind donations such as items in our silent auctions, fundraising efforts, dancer and volunteer goodie bags, items to donate to Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health Sysytem and food donations to feed participants at the main event and at our community events. We'd love anything your organization would like to donate.

Direct Donations

Organizations can also give a monetary donation directly to WCU Dance Marathon.

Current Sponsors

Campus Activities
Campus Recreation & Wellness


Although we call our participants “dancers,” WCUDM is more than just dancing; it is a yearlong fundraising effort that ends with a 12-hour non-stop party. Being a dancer is not just volunteering your time, but deciding you want to join over 250 people across WCU’s campus and the community in an effort to change the lives of the kids and families at our regional Children’s Hospital at Greenville Health Systems in Greenville, SC. We unite for the 12 awesome hours in support of the kids and families who lives are impacted daily through the support of Children’s Miracle Network. 

    • What you receive for dancing for the kids
      • What dancers received in 2016:
        • 3 meals throughout the day, with snacks in between.
        • The 2017 WCU DM  event t-shirt to remember the best 12 hours of your life.
        • Intense games to channel your competitive energy.
        • The Miracle Dance.
        • The awarding of the Transformation Trophy!
        • Life changing stories from the kids YOU are helping to save!
    • Register as an Individual Dancer
      • WCU students/faculty/staff and the local community are eligible to celebrate with us!  
      • If there isn’t a team created you would like to join or make yourself, no worries! You can still be a part of the event as a registered  individual with all the same perks, including being part of a color team! One way to think of a color team is simply a big family you never knew you had. You will eat together and compete as one throughout the day.  
      • Dancer incentive tiers (coming soon)
    • 2017 Registration Price Structure
      • $20 by Friday, May 5
      • $25 by Friday, October 13 (guaranteed shirt and shirt size)
      • $30 by noon on Friday, November 3
    • Register as a Team
      • Do you have a group of friends or organization you want to fundraise with and dance with at WCU DM? Create or join an existing team! By doing so, you can:
        • Spend the entire 12 hours with your best friends, or get to know a new group of people.
        • Organize group fundraisers to reach your team goal!
        • Have a reason to wear matching team t-shirts to show off your color spirit.
        • Compete at Dance Marathon to win the Transformation Trophy.
    • Click here to explore our dancer packet (coming soon)


Frequently Asked Questions

who does wcudm support?

WCU Dance Marathon supports the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, specifically the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System. Participants raise funds and awareness year-round to support the children and families at the hospital.

what if i can't dance?

Dance Marathon is not all about actual dance skills.  Think of 'dancing' as a celebratory term. Kids celebrate by dancing, right? We celebrate the milestones we will reach this year by pledging to stand and dance to bring awareness of those – it’s a celebration of life! In hindsight, any type of dancing is welcome.

what does 'FTK' mean?

“FTK” is an acronym that stands for “For the Kids”.

who was ryan white?

As a thirteen-year old, Ryan contracted AIDS through contaminated blood transfusions he received for hemophilia. Because of ignorance about AIDS at the time, Ryan was not allowed to return to classes. Throughout his own struggles with this disease and public misconceptions, Ryan spoke out and even testified before the President’s Commission on AIDS. After a courageous struggle, Ryan White died on April 8, 1990, the spring before he had planned to attend Indiana University. His fight to help those afflicted with infectious diseases is continued, in part, by the Indiana University Dance Marathon Council. In memory of Ryan’s life and work, the annual Dance Marathon benefits Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and established the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center.

why should I get involved?

There are multiple reasons why it is a great idea to get involved with Dance Marathon. For one, it is truly a life-changing experience for everyone who participates. Over the course of all of the fundraising, and that at the marathon, we learn exactly why we are dancing. When you meet the Miracle families and hear them tell their stories, you know why you’re there.

In addition, WCUDM is a family. Whether you’re on a committee or you’re at the marathon as a dancer, everyone is coming together as a community to do something for the community. It is absolutely a special feeling that you get to share with everyone else at the marathon.

how do i raise money?

Throughout the year, there are many different fundraising opportunities offered by the WCUDM which makes it easy to get a head start on your fundraising goal. Most participants also send emails or make phone calls to close friends and family, which is a great way to raise money for the kids! Tell them why you’re doing what you’re doing and what WCUDM is all about and most people are happy to contribute!

FAQ adapted from Indiana University Dance Marathon and Iowa State Dance Marathon websites

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