Dance Marathon One mother shares what it means to her family

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Ella and Jude Bowman shared their humbling story about what it's like to be a patient at Dayton Children's to inspire hundreds of dancers to raise money for the hospital

This fall, more than 1,100 students danced for 15 hours straight at “Dance Marathon,” an event where students at colleges and high schools raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In our region, Dayton Children’s is the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Miracle families are invited to share their own personal story of their child’s illness as a reminder to students of the importance of these 15 hours.  Miracle families provide the motivation for students from planning and fundraising through the last hour of the event.

The power of philanthropy touches the Bowman family

Colleen Bowman, one miracle mom, shares what Dance Marathon means to her. Colleen’s daughter has cancer and is currently in remission, and her son Jude has a rare neurological disorder.

“Watching these students give so freely of themselves for my children - who they didn’t know at all ­- will stay with me forever.  They gave my children power in those moments of cheering, clapping and high-fiving. They made my kids feel like they were bigger than any problem they will ever have to overcome. Imagine feeling like rock stars at ages 7 and 9.  For my kids, that was a gift.” 

The Dance Marathon mission is, “We dance for those who can’t.” It is this solidarity to – and connection with – the cause that makes Dance Marathon an event unlike any other. If your school or organization is interested in hosting Dance Marathon, contact Dayton Children’s development at (937) 631-3405.

Three schools, big results for Dance Marathon:

  • The University of Dayton: $55,079
  • Wright State University “Raiderthon:” - $50,389 (Raiderthon has become the eighth most successful first-year Dance Marathon program in the country!)
  • Piqua High School: $5,204


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