USD dance marathon raises funds

USD dance marathon raises funds Nearly $11,500 was raised during the second annual USD Dance Marathon held earlier this year at The University of South Dakota.

The dance marathon is held to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network (CMN).

Swing dancing, basketball and swimming were among the activities at the 24-hour dance marathon. In addition to the marathon's variety of activities, participants also met some of the children that funds are being raised for by CMN.

All of the funds raised during the marathon will be used to provide area children with the necessary medication and special equipment.

In addition to medical expenses, CMN also helps aid families with any travel expenses that may occur as a result of a child's medical condition.

Lori Knudson, coordinator of the Children's Miracle Network in Sioux Falls, said that everyone realizes the importance of a healthy child, but that not everyone takes the extra step to aid a child in need.

"Everyone recognizes the importance of health in a child, but it takes adults around them (children) to make miracles happen. It speaks a lot to have USD students experiencing this event and learning the gift of giving back to others," she said.

Last year, USD Dance Marathon participants raised $10,000. In total, CMN raised $345,000 in 1999 through fundraisers such as the USD Dance Marathon and the nationally televised CMN fundraiser held in June.

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