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The Aztec Dance Marathon will take place Feb. 24-25 at Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. (Credit: Aztec Dance Marathon) The Aztec Dance Marathon will take place Feb. 24-25 at Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. (Credit: Aztec Dance Marathon)
 


Dancing for the Kids Who Can’t

Students, faculty and community members will join together to raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.
By Jayla Lee
 

Students, faculty and members of the San Diego State University community are ready to hit the dance floor for the third annual Aztec Dance Marathon (ADM). A record number of Aztecs are expected to come together to dance for 15 consecutive hours with a goal of raising $101,000 for Rady Children’s Hospital. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Feb. 24 and 25 at Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

Proceeds benefit the children at Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital—and will help cover medical costs for families, upgraded playrooms, new technology, toys, decorations, and other amenities. Donations are collected through dancer registrations, fundraising efforts of individual dancers, and on the ADM website.

Registration for the event is $20 as a first-time participant and $15 for returning dancers. Dancers have the option to dance individually, or join or create a team.

“ADM focuses on uniting our campus and our community to support the children and their families as they turn to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment or surgeries,” said Marissa Torres, Aztec Dance Marathon external director.

Keep moving

This year’s ADM will include dancing, competitions, performances, and meals from local vendors. Participants will meet families from Rady Children’s Hospital each hour and hear their stories to motivate dancers to keep moving.

“For the past few years, a patient at Rady Children’s Hospital named Madi has been incredibly involved with ADM," said Michael Kagan, ADM director of public relations. "A week ago, we finally received news that Madi is in remission and will be returning to school. For many of our board members, this news brought tears to their eyes.”

Making miracles

ADM joins a network of 300 dance marathons nationwide for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. SDSU’s inaugural event in spring 2015 raised $40,314. This year, the organization has already raised $84,140.

ADM also launched its first-ever “Miracle Week” last semester, an effort to spread awareness across campus and encourage registration. Within the week, the organization gained 1,200 dancer registrations and raised $25,000—far surpassing its goal of $5,000.

“Since Miracle Week, we have carried that momentum with our fundraising efforts and with special events on campus,” said Sam Cade, ADM co-director of recruitment. "The ADM committee feels confident that this third-year power will leave a legacy for the SDSU campus for years to come."

Join the movement

The dance marathon is open to all students, faculty and community members. More than 1,272 participants and 66 teams have already registered.

“From being a registered dancer in ADM's very first year at SDSU, to now sitting on its executive board, I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude every day for the ways ADM has changed my life and the lives of so many others,” said Cade.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the ADM website, the ADM Facebook or the Rady Children’s Hospital website.