Everything we do we do For The Kids. And we help by donating everything we raise to Children's Miracle Network. At Madithon, all of the money we raise goes to our local Children's Miracle Network hospital, University of Virginia Children's Hospital in Charlottesville.
Children's Miracle Network (CMN) began in 1983 after Osmond Studios aired a telethon raising over $4 million for 22 children's hospitals. This event led to the founding of CMN by Marie Osmond, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake. CMN raises money for over 170 hospitals across North America with donations supporting research and training, purchasing equipment, and paying for uncompensated care, to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. The non-profit is the only children’s charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kids.
Then, in 1991, the Dance Marathon was born. Students at Indiana University founded Dance Marathon in memory of a fellow student and AIDS victim, Ryan White. Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at over 450 schools all raising money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. After a year of preparation student's efforts cumulate with a 12-40 hour event where students stay on their feet through dancing, games, entertainment, and interaction with children's hospital patients and families in symbolic support of children served by their local CMN Hospital. Each event is entirely student run and donates 100% of the funds raised to the school's local CMN Hospital. More students participate in Miracle Network Dance Marathon than any other student-led philanthropy in the US.
At MadiTHON, all of the money we raise is donated to our local Children's Miracle Network hospital, The University of Virginia Children's Hospital. The hospital provides primary and specialty care in over 30 specialties to children throughout Virginia. UVA Hospital includes:
- A hospital‐within‐a‐hospital at UVA Medical Center with 111 beds
- A dedicated pediatric emergency department
- A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for infants
- A pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for children younger than 18
- The Battle Building, which consolidates outpatient children's care at a single location in Charlottesville