With a new school year starts the journey towards another successful VictorThon with plenty of new dancers ready to raise money for the kids! It’s also a great time to look at our roots as an organization and celebrate how much success we have had over the past 21 years.
Founded in 1997 by Inder Singh, with the help of the Children’s Miracle Network, Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan looked to make a difference in the surrounding community. The first Marathon had hundreds of dancers standing in celebration of the $35,000 raised for pediatric rehabilitation therapies at Beaumont Children’s in Royal Oak, MI.
Over the years, DMUM has grown to be the largest student organization on University of Michigan’s campus and has raised over $5,000,000 for the kids! Today, the DMUM family has grown to include the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital making our organization and community that much stronger and united in our mission to raising funds and awareness for pediatric rehabilitation therapies. We have grown both as an organization but also as leaders—our alumni network spans across the country and is brimming with success (including our founder who has gone on to found and become CEO of Kinsa, a company rooted in making healthcare easy).
While VictorThon may only be 24 hours, Dance Marathon is a year-long commitment dedicated to creating a world in which all kids can be kids. So, let’s get ready for a whole new year of fun, friends, and FTK!!