So what exactly is the Children’s Miracle Network? Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America and Canada. They provide 32 million treatments each year to kids, spread community awareness of children’s health issues, and provide opportunity for new medical research.
Over $250 million is raised by Children’s Miracle Network each year, provided in part from a variety of corporate fundraising partners such as Costco, Ace Hardware, Sam’s Club, and more. The donations provided by these partners goes directly to the CMN hospitals, helping achieve the mission of saving and improving the lives of as many children as possible.
A large portion of the funds raised is through the Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s held all across the nation. This movement benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and has collectively raised more than $150 million for the cause. This movement unites colleges, universities, and high schools students all across North America. The students involved in their campus’s dance marathon gain leadership and teamwork skills, and nonprofit business experience by raising funds and awareness for their local CMN Hospital.
The concept of Dance Marathon was founded in 1991 by students at Indiana University in memory of a fellow student, Ryan White, who passed away from HIV/AIDS. Dance Marathon has since become a tradition on campus’s and in communities across the nation. The organizations are entirely student run and all proceeds go directly towards the schools local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.