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    2015 Alumni Reception

    Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan hosted its annual fall Alumni Reception on October 10 before the homecoming game against Northwestern. Members of Steering, dancers, DMUM alumni, and members of the Alumni Council gathered at Fingerle Lumber to eat barbeque and baked goods, rehearse former linedances, and reminisce on their time at the University […]

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    Meet our Alumni: Laura Distelrath Class of 2008!

    Laura Distelrath was a Secondary Math Education major and huge supporter of Dance Marathon as an undergrad at the University of Michigan. She was a member of the 2008 Mighty Ducks Core Planning Team and a leader in DMUM throughout her college years. Today, Laura is a high school math teacher at Grosse Point South High […]

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    What Does Stewardship Mean to Us?

    Whether it is $5 dropped in a bucket on a cold winter night outside Rick’s or a generous donation from an involved DMUM alumni, we believe that every dollar and every donor makes an impact. That’s why we believe in saying thank you. We’ll say it again because it’s just that important: thank YOU! Stewardship, […]

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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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    Meet our Planning Director: Olivia Rath!

    As a Planning Director, Olivia is in charge of overseeing the Planning team: these are the committees that work to execute organizational wide initiatives and events that support recruitment, cause engagement, and fundraising. We sat down for an interview with Olivia to find out more about her! Q: How did you first get involved in […]

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    Who Is Children’s Miracle Network?

    Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) is a non-profit dedicated to increasing funding and awareness for local children’s hospitals across America. CMN paves the way for more affordable and high-end care for families through funding research, purchasing hospital equipment, and paying for uncompensated care. In fact, every second, a child enters a CMN hospital somewhere in America, […]

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    A Letter to Our Readers

    Dear Dancers young and young at heart, families, alumni, sponsors, and supporters of Dance Marathon, On behalf of this year’s 2015-2016 DMUM Steering Team, we want to say a big welcome to the blog! We are excited to use this blog as a single newsletter for updates about alumni, sponsors, therapy relations, mini-marathons, and much […]

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