About Jagathon

One campus coming together for one cause. For The Kids.

Dance Marathon is neither a dance nor a marathon; it is a celebration of life. Jagathon has been helping children with life-threatening illnesses for fifteen years, giving financial and emotional support to hundreds of families across Indiana. The money raised through our event is given directly to Riley Hospital for Children through the Children’s Miracle Network.

At IUPUI, we celebrate Dance Marathon the first weekend in March. We listen to music, play games, hang out with the kids and families we support, and even do a bit of dancing.  Dance Marathon is for the kids- that’s always our focus. 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 2016, we raised over $140,000 for the kids. Over the last fifteen years, Jagathon has raised over $410,000 for the kids.

Jagathon will be taking place from 1 PM on March 4th to 2:06 AM on March 5th. Please join our efforts by making a donation or by participating in our marathon.

  • Riley Children's Health

    Riley Hospital

    As one of the country's top children's hospitals, Riley Children's Health 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 your 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.

    Healthcare today is about more than diagnosing and treating problems. At Riley Children's Health, 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 our 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 that means family members are regarded as partners in care and 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.”

  • Meet The Executive Board
    Decorative President- Ali Emswiller
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: I've visited the Friends set in Los Angeles!
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: The total reveal! I love celebrating the entire campus' efforts in making a difference for the kids at Riley Hospital for Children! 
     Vice President of Internal Relations- Shelbie Walker
    Year in School: Sophomore
    Fun Fact: I'm a twin!
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: Seeing so many different organizations and people come together to raise money For The Kids.
     Vice President of Membership- Emily Cutcliffe
    Year in School: Junior in Nursing
    Fun Fact: I love ketchup.
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: Building a legacy of traditions at IUPUI that will forever impact the lives of children at Riley Hospital.
     Vice President of Finance- Tyler Richardson
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: This year I switched the part in my hair.
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: Hearing the Riley kids' stories because it reminds me of why I am doing what I am doing.
     Vice President of External- Malissa Magiera
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: I was born with an extra finger.
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: The moments during Jagathon when you realize all the hard work was worth everything that came out of it. 
  • Children’s Miracle Network

    Children’s Miracle Network

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

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

    • CMN’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, CMN helps create a more comfortable experience at the hospitals. For more information please check out www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.

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