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    North Star Reach Spotlight

    The childhood memories of spending weeks or months away at summer camp are, for many, some of the most cherished. Whether it was sports camp or just old-fashioned sleep-away camp, summer never seemed to come fast enough. Though for others, camp was never an option. Less than ten percent of children with serious and life-threatening […]

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    Pumpkin Carving 2016

    Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan kicked off our Halloween celebrations on campus on Sunday, October 23 with our annual Pumpkin Carving event. This event gave dancers the opportunity to meet their DMUM families, teams and DMUM therapists in a fun and interactive environment. Activities like bike riding, crafts, lawn games, and pumpkin carving […]

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    Therapist Spotlight: Julie Moreno, Art Therapist

    Q: What made you decide to become a therapist?   A: I have always viewed art in my own life as a means of self expression and coping.  Psychology, in addition to art, is one of my passions in life.  The field of art therapy combines art and psychology and I feel so fortunate to […]

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  • DMUM Blog 2015 ETR Volunteering 101

    Volunteering 101

    Are you looking for a new, hands-on experience to get more involved with Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan?!  Well look no further!  DMUM volunteering is just a few clicks away!  Each week, Dance Marathon is searching for volunteers to facilitate the therapies we fund.  As a volunteer, you’ll take part in some of […]

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    Therapy Spotlight: Creative Coping

    Mid-semester blues were setting in.  My routine was as follows: go to class, study, eat, sleep, repeat.  Just when I thought the monotony of campus life would never free me from its clutches, I discovered Creative Coping – a weekly volunteer therapy through Dance Marathon.  Like all DMUM therapies, I signed up to volunteer for […]

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  • DMUM Blog 2015 ETR Inspiration Day

    Inspiration Day: Past and Present

    For the past few years, Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan showcased the therapies we sponsor at our annual Therapy Fair.  Held in the Sports Coliseum, Therapy Fair was an opportunity for students to come together with DMUM families and therapists to see exactly what their funds were contributing to.  Dancers would meet their […]

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    Through a Volunteer’s Eyes: Tree Climbing

             During the spring of 2014, the post-Marathon blues had set in, and after a tough semester of classes and a long and cold winter, I was ready to jump back into any Dance Marathon related activity. When Tree Climbing therapy showed up on the Volunteer Calendar, I knew I couldn’t pass […]

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    Meet DMUM’s Go-To Recreational Therapist: Becky!

    Q: Why did you decide to become a Recreational Therapist? A: I decided to become a recreational therapist when I was 13 – at least that’s when I first volunteered as one and thought it was awesome!  I found a program at CMU (Central Michigan University) and made my final decision after the first semester […]

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    Who Makes Tree Climbing Happen?

               Arbor Quest, the organization that runs Tree Climbing Therapy, employs a specialized rigging system – complete with a seat, headrest, backrest, and staff-controlled safety rope – that provides a way for anyone to tree-climb. The staff consists of a physician’s assistant, a registered nurse, and a physical therapist who are […]

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    Climbing to New Heights with Tree Climbing Therapy

              I’m sure we all remember the time when we were young and adventurous children, and we came across that one tree that was incredibly tempting. At the time, the only thing that seemed to matter was to do everything in our power to climb the tree, reach the top, and […]

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