This past weekend Elon held a popular tradition in support of an inspiring cause.
ElonThon is the largest student organized philanthropy, benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC. Every year Elon students come together at Alumni Gym for a 24-hour dance marathon to support the incredible children and families treated at Duke Children’s. Since 2003, Elonthon has grown into an incredible campus-wide event, bringing in thousands of students every year.
There are hundreds of Dance Marathons around the country, each benefiting their own Children’s Miracle Network hospital. They differ in size, location, themes, length… the only things they share are the common goal, to help kids, and the rule that you must remain standing for the entirety of your time at the event! It’s all a symbol of the hope and support we give to the child patients and their families.
The event was especially memorable for our dancers because it supports our philanthropy that we work so hard to honor year round. We proudly sponsored the cause alongside SUB, Coca Cola, and many more. During the event dancers were able to compete in color wars, go swimming, draw, play games, meet CMN hospital patients and survivors, and of course- Dance!
Laughter, singing, some tears and hugs later, the total amount raised was announced. After hard work and dedication, ElonThon raised an incredible grand total of $176,261.94. We are so appreciate of everyone who donated to the cause!
“When sickness stops, we’ll dance for joy. Until then, we’ll keep dancing for life.”