PUDM has developed close and personal relationships with multiple Riley kids and families. They are the heart, soul, and inspiration for the year-round fundraising and planning of the marathon. PUDM tries to give more than just money to the hospital; we try to also provide a wonderful and special experience for our Riley kids. The marathon is a celebration of life, hope, love, and dreaming BIG!
PUDM has grown from having only 100 dancers in its first year, to over 2,000 in the November 2015 marathon. PUDM is, and always has been, student run. Currently, an Executive Board of 16 students and over 400 committee members are actively planning and fundraising for PUDM 2016! The amazing success of our program could not happen without the hard work and dedication of our students and faculty advising staff.
Over the years PUDM has raised over $3,000,000 for the kids and families at Riley Hospital for Children. Specifically, the money raised by PUDM pays for one child’s trip to Camp Riley, annually $100,000 goes to Child Life and the remaining amount goes to Cancer Research.