That Our Cause :: GW Dance Marathon

Children’s National Health System is a proud member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. All of the funds raised stay local. With the support of generous dancers, donors and community partners, Children’s National ensures that every child has access to the care they need, regardless of their condition or their family’s ability to pay. Your support allows them to treat the whole child, not just their condition, so even in the hospital, kids can play, imagine, and create.

Children’s National cares about the entire patient experience. Throughout the different wings and departments of the hospital are art therapy rooms. These rooms allow children to express their feelings - happiness, sadness, frustration, whatever they may be feeling - without having to use their words and talk to grown-ups. Each of the floors of the hospital is vibrant with colors and a theme which runs throughout the floor. The entire hospital is designed to make the patient experience as minimally clinical as possible. There are also a few special places in the hospital - specifically the Healing Garden, Seacrest Studios, and the Hope Bell. These are aspects of the hospital which make a child’s stay there a bit more tolerable, and make the average day a bit more normal. Check out the Children’s National website at to read more about the hospital!

In 1991, students at Indiana University founded Dance Marathon in the memory of Ryan White, a close friend who was set to go to the university that year and passed away from AIDS/HIV complications following a bad blood transfusion. The program now spans North America, benefiting hundreds of hospitals and countless kids.
Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America. Uniting college, university, and high school students, Miracle Network Dance Marathon children’s charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kids.
Since inception, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $150 million for kids across North America- ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone. Can’t make it to our Dance Marathon. Click here to find a Miracle Network Dance Marathon near you!