Purdue University Dance Marathon was established in 2005 and is now in its 13th year and 14th marathon. Over the years PUDM has raised over $5,500,000 for the kids and families at Riley Hospital for Children. Specifically, the money raised by PUDM goes towards Pediatric Cancer Research at the Herman B Wells Center for Research as well as Child Life. The Child Life Zone is an area in the hospital where the children can go to, to play games, have fun, and most importantly be a kid. It helps the children try to forget that they are in hospital. In 2013, an endowment was created by PUDM to send one child to Camp Riley every summer. PUDM has grown from having only 100 dancers in its first year, to over 2,000 in the November 2015 marathon. Dance Marathon is, and always has been, student run. Currently, an Executive Board of 19 students and over 400 committee members are actively planning and fundraising for PUDM 2017! The marathon could not take place without the help of the Purdue and West Lafayette/Lafayette communities. We are lucky enough to work with local businesses, restaurants, prominent community figures, athletic teams, and a variety of bands to aid with the marketing, fundraising, and entertainment during the marathon.
Most importantly, 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!
In 2013, PUDM raised $1,000,471.03 for the kids, making PUDM the youngest Dance Marathon organization to fundraise $1 Million or more!
Last year, we continued our tradition of making miracle happen by raising another $1,060,247.16 all FTK!
PUDM Historical Totals
President: Bailey Ransburg