Roo Boo Dance Marathon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network

U-News Staff

UMKC will hold its first Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon from 4-10 p.m., Oct. 25 in Swinney Recreation Center. This event takes place at colleges and universities across the U.S, and serves as a fundraising activity to support the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.

The Children’s Miracle Network hospital in closest proximity to UMKC’s campus is the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

“It is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals,” said Jill Garrard, executive director of Children’s Miracle Network Kansas City. “These member hospitals help kids of every age and background overcome every imaginable disease and injury, from premature birth to asthma, juvenile diabetes, cancer, heart defects, muscular dystrophy, serious injuries and more. We treat all children, regardless of affliction or ability to pay.”

Reid Waldman is the president of the Medical Humanities Interest Group at UMKC’s School of Medicine.

“We are very excited about how receptive the UMKC student body has been to the first ever Roo Boo Dance Marathon,” Waldman said. “Over 125 students have already signed up for the event, with many more organizations in the process of signing up their members. All in all, our goal is to have 300 people in attendance at the event.”

The Dance Marathon is a costume party, and will feature awards for Best Costume, Best Group Costume, Best Selfie and more. The only specified rule for the marathon is that contestants must remain on their feet for the entire duration of the dance.

“Hopefully this event will become a tradition at UMKC,” Waldman said.

To register for the Dance Marathon, click here. Registration for the event will also be held in campus residence halls, in the quad, in the Bloch School, in the School of Medicine and in the Health Sciences Building. There is a $25 registration fee.

“This event is more than dancing – it is a way to help save the lives of children,” Garrard said. “UMKC is proud to be a part of such an amazing cause. Let us dance together to help the kids and make a difference in someone’s life. It is time to kick off this dance marathon with a bang.”