This year, on Jagathon's 20th Anniversary, we sat down with Sarah Dargatz, the founder of IUPUI's Dance Marathon, to talk about her experience with Dance Marathon over the years.
Sarah was considered a “Riley Grad” after receiving a kidney transplant at Riley Hospital for Children in April of 2001. She was so grateful for the care she received that she knew she had to give back to the hospital. Sarah’s firsthand experience as a patient at Riley greatly influenced her decision to encourage IUPUI to unite as one campus giving back to a local cause that impacts so many. Sarah, in her year as President of the IUPUI Student Foundation, planned and executed the first Dance Marathon held at IUPUI in February of 2002. The event raised over $2,000. Sarah paved the way for the first Dance Marathon at IUPUI, which later became Jagathon. Sarah overcame not only health challenges, but also the difficulties of starting an organization that is now an IUPUI Tradition and signature event. Jagathon has made and continues to make an impact in the lives of children being treated at Riley Hospital for Children.