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We are students united to change kids’ health and change the future by raising the critical funds needed by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We are passionate about making a difference for kids and families in our local communities.
Kids can’t wait so neither should you.
WCU Dance Marathon is a year-long fundraising effort to raise money and awareness for children’s health. We are affiliated with Miracle Network: a philanthropic movement, uniting students at over 400 colleges, universities and high schools across North America. As a fundraising program for the local CMN Hospital, each campus’s Dance Marathon organization works throughout the year to raise funds and awareness to benefit the hospital treating sick and injured kids right in the school’s local community. West Chester University Dance Marathon was founded in 2020 by a group of students eager to support the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Each year the executive board chooses what department the funding will go to at CHOP; one hundred percent of what is raised goes directly to that department in the hospital. This year, the West Chester University Dance Marathon is donating to the Oncology Department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We will announce our fundraising total in November 2022.
Are you ready to join us to fight like the kids?!
Emily Gowman, [email protected]
A message from our founder:
My name is Kaylee Spinrad, and I am the founder of West Chester University’s dance marathon program. When I was a freshman in 2017, I had this strong passion to bring dance marathon to campus. It wasn’t until I got further in the process that I realized that starting a program like this was a lot of work to take on as one person. I started to see why people had tried to start this and gave up. I hit many road bumps in the process which made it really hard to push through. At the beginning of my junior year, I needed to take a break. Between school, work, and volunteering, I thought I was in over my head to start something like this alone. For about a year I was a Child Life volunteer in the emergency department at CHOP. I was sitting in the toy room cleaning toys and ripping pages out of coloring books to pass out to patients when a mother on her phone walked in. As I was getting up to give her some privacy, I heard her say, “I can’t take off for another day. They’re going to fire me and I’m not going to be able to afford these bills.” And in that moment, I knew I needed to get back and fight for dance marathon to be an organization on campus. When I finally got everything I needed to finalize this organization… COVID hit. For a second, I thought, “This isn’t meant to be.” But then I realized, the kids need us more than ever. With the help of my amazing board members, we were able to push through the obstacles COVID threw at us and raise $8,000 in one month. WCUDM dances so all of those kiddos being treated at our CMN hospital and their families never have to stress the little things. They can focus solely on fighting for what they are there to overcome. Thank you for the commitment you have made to WCUDM. Without your support and time, this program would not be able to play a role in making these families and children’s lives easier. They are truly our heroes, and we look forward to fighting for them with you every day for years to come through WCUDM! :)
Kaylee Spinrad ’20