Ball State’s Dance Marathon (BSUDM) began its 13-hour event 1 p.m. Saturday in the Jo Ann Gora Recreational Center.
BSUDM is an annual philanthropic event benefitting Riley Children’s Hospital with hours of dancing, activities and students on their feet for the entire duration.
This year, BSUDM is being held at the five basketball courts in the Recreational Center, instead of the Field Sports Building where it has been held in the past.
At least 23 families and 32 Riley kids have joined students to dance, play games, make crafts, and other activities in anticipation for the final fundraiser estimates of the event. Some families will also speak about how they’ve been impacted by Riley Children’s Hospital.
People interested in registering for the event are still free to join, according to BSUDM President Alli Kimmell.
There will be three themed hours for children and students to dress in costumes — superheroes and princesses, tropical and animal themes.
Brad Daugherty is the father of Christian, a child who received treatment from Riley. Christian died in July 2019. Since then, Brad has taken his son’s death and used it as fuel for inspiration and dance marathon fundraising.
He spoke to the crowd at the beginning of the marathon and asked participants to raise $210 in 10 minutes in honor of Christian whose birthday was on Feb. 10. Within the 10 minutes, the team raised more than $600 in online donations.
As of 2:40 p.m., BSUDM has raised more than $11,000 so far today.
This story will be updated.