In its 15th year, the University of Dayton’s Dance Marathon is an annual fundraiser for Dayton Children’s Hospital. In honor of its anniversary, UD students will dance for 15 hours on Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., to benefit kids battling life-threatening illnesses at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
“Once you go, it’s a pretty powerful day,” said alumna Rachel Gearhardt Prindle ’12, two-time UDDM president. “You want to be a part of the movement.”
Sophomore Michael Dosedel feels the same way. He’s been coming back ever since his first dance marathon; however, his initial service to the hospital was through Dayton Children’s patient ambassador program, at age 13.
Seventeen years ago, Dosedel — who grew up just a few miles from the UD campus — was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of muscle cancer. After being given a 5 percent chance of life and spending half of his childhood at Dayton Children’s, Dosedel is the only child who has survived the experimental treatment protocol he was given, according to the hospital.
“As a patient, it’s great to know that there are people out there who want to help others and are so willing to dedicate the time, energy and money to this cause,” Dosedel said. “Now, as a student, it’s great to see my friends out there helping with this event.”
But you don’t have to be a student to make a difference in the lives of Dayton Children’s patients. Prindle still participates in UDDM by joining an alumni team through the UDDM website and making donations during the alumni hour of the event, one of 15 themed hours.
“This fundraising event is hands down one of the best UD puts on and alumni support is crucial,” Prindle said. This year, alumni hope to raise $60,000, their highest goal to date. Last year alumni raised $53,000.
“The 15th anniversary of this event truly speaks to its longevity in the Dayton community and its importance to the hospital,” Prindle said. “It’s going to be around for a long time.”
For more information or to contribute, visit UDDM’s website.