Saint Mary's dance marathon raises money for Riley Children's Hospital

By: Nick McGurk Email
By: Nick McGurk Email

It's the fifth year Saint Mary's students have organized their own dance marathon to benefit Riley Children's Hospital of Indiana.

Last year, students raised nearly $100,000.

For now, the focus isn't on the dollar signs - it's more about the people.

Ask anyone why they show up at Saint Mary’s for the dance marathon, and they’ll tell you it’s all about the kids who have been taken on a frightening ride due to illness or disease.

Some of those kids are able to take a different sort of ride on Friday, thanks to Saint Mary's and Riley.

"Our daughter had open-heart surgery at Riley Children's Hospital 5 years ago, and we just we love Riley. They saved our lives,” said Jennifer Gorski.

Nearly 450 students dance all night so that more lives can be saved.

"It's a great way for us as students to get involved with the local community and help out,” said Kelly Deranek, a Saint Mary’s student.

That local community is on hand to show their thanks to the students and remind students what Riley can do.

"The surgeries that they did, they were good at, and she's a walking miracle,” says Gorski.

For 12 hours, the music will be blasting, students will be dancing, and money will be raised for a good cause.

"Riley is an incredible hospital, and I mean, they're all champions in my book, they're all wonderful kids,” says Sarah Heimann, who was a patient at Riley.

There are two high schools that are hosting mini-marathons as well. Bremen High School has already hosted its event. Marian's is Saturday.

The money raised there gets added to Saint Mary's totals.

The public is welcome to stop by Saint Mary's Friday night and show their support and even dance. Students will be there until 8:00 am.


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