About Jagathon

Our Mission

Jagathon: IUPUI's Dance Marathon supports all kids treated at Riley Hospital for Children. We serve. We fundraise. We inspire. We hope. Dance Marathon is neither a dance nor a marathon; it is a celebration of our movement. Jagathon has been helping children with life-threatening illnesses for 20 years, giving financial and emotional support for hundreds of families across Indiana through the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

Our Purpose

Here at IUPUI, we believe in miracles, which cultivates sympathy with our fellow peers, mutual helpfulness, and happiness for all. We stand for those who feel like they are alone, we support those who continue to fight despite all odds, and we dance for those that continue to believe in hope. We hope YOU remember why you dance for these kids. 

Our History

IUPUI's Dance Marathon, commonly known as Jagathon, is a 15-hour dance marathon that takes place every March at IUPUI with the purpose of raising both funds and awareness for pediatric research. We listen to music, play games, spend time with the kids and families we support, and even do a bit of dancing. Jagathon is a 365-day commitment to raising money for Riley Hospital for Children. With the goal of raising money for Riley comes the yearly celebration of our hard work during Dance Marathon Weekend. In 2020, we raised $607,870.25 for the kids. Over the last twenty years, Jagathon has raised over $2,848,408.68 for the kids.


Jagathon Through the Years


As one of the country's top children's miracle network hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children strives to provide the most advanced care and premier pediatric research in the nation. They provide comprehensive children's care- from the routine to the most complex- in every field of pediatric medicine and surgery. They are nationally ranked by the U.S. News & World Report. The highly skilled physicians are recognized across a number of different specialty areas ensuring that every child will always be in expert hands. Riley brings the highest level of care to children across Indiana with the most innovative treatments and the latest technology. Pioneering new programs and treatment options brings confidence in the level of expertise and experience each child receives every day at Riley.

Today, healthcare is about more than diagnosing and treating problems. At Riley Hospital for Children, they know that the most effective pediatric care arises from a partnership between patients, families, and clinicians. Starting with the work of the late Dr. Morris Green, who spent 20 years as the physician-in-chief, Riley Children's Health became one of the first hospitals to embrace what is now known as Patient and Family Centered Care. They are committed to a set of patient and family rights, which means family members are regarded as partners in care. Children are treated with compassion and respect.

At Riley, they are proud to have helped pioneer an approach that recognizes the important role that families can play in improving children’s health. Their philosophy is summed up in a quote from Dr. Green: “Let all who walk this way know that Indiana cherishes her families, that she loves her children. In this very special haven, no child shall cry unheard … none shall walk alone … and no mother or father shall be friendless.”

Children’s Miracle Network Hosptials (CMNH) is a non-profit organization comprised of over 170 premier children’s hospitals across the US and Canada. Some things you should know about CMNH:

  • Every year, CMNH treat 17 million children for every disease and injury imaginable, making them the most impactful children’s organization in the world.

  • CMNH’s dollars stay local and help benefit children and families treated at Riley Hospital for Children.

  • These funds are used for pediatric research and patient enhancements such as entertainment systems at the bedside, books, and games. All of this is to create a home within the hospital for each child and family.

As you can see, CMNH helps create a more comfortable experience at the hospitals. For more information, please click here.

Jagathon's donations go directly to the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. This program works closely with hundreds of doctors, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and scientists to conduct pediatric research. If you would like to learn more about the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, please visit here.