Frequently asked Questions!

What is a Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon?

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement powered by over 300,000 college students on 300 campuses across North America. These students work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds one dollar at a time by making the ask to family and friends. Their hard work culminates in a 6-40 hour celebration on their campus, where participants have the opportunity to rally together as a community for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Students involved in Dance Marathon gain valuable skills in fundraising, peer management, delegation, and philanthropy. Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs have collectively raised more than $200 million since 1991.

​What is MadiTHON? 


MadiTHON is James Madison University’s 12-hour dance marathon benefitting UVA Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.

When is MadiTHON?


This year, MadiTHON is on February 23, 2019, from 10 AM to 10 PM at the University Recreation Center (UREC).


How can I get involved with MadiTHON?

There are many ways to get involved with MadiTHON.  If you are interested in attending MadiTHON, you can register to become a “Hero” at this link.  If you cannot attend MadiTHON, but still want to be involved, you can also follow the previous link and register as a Virtual Dancer.  If you are a current undergraduate student at JMU, you can get involved with the planning of MadiTHON by emailing our Executive Director, Aimee Nicolich, at  If none of these apply to you, you can always donate to the event and the above link.  Every little bit helps!

What can I do if I cannot attend MadiTHON?


If you cannot attend MadiTHON, you can register as a Virtual Dancer and still fundraise and possibly get a free T-shirt!  You also have the option to donate to the event.

How do I ask for donations?


Asking for donations can be a daunting task.  However, there are actually very easy ways to obtain donations!  The most common way our heroes have fundraised is through social media.  Heroes will post on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. with their Donor Drive link and a little message about why they signed up for the event.  You can also ask relatives.  Heroes have reported that explaining to their family members what MadiTHON is and how it is helping the community, they raised $100 super easily.  You can also ask your friends for donations, sober drive for money,

Why should I donate to MadiTHON?


Every minute, 62 children are admitted to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.  There are millions of children treated at these hospitals every year.  Every child should get a chance at a childhood. The money donated goes to UVA Children's Hospital to provide the best care and help the family relieve them of financial responsibilities. 

What does the money we raise go to?

All the money raised by MadiTHON goes directly to UVA Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville.

Do I have to attend MadiTHON for the full 12 hours?


No!  You can come and go as you please.  However long you attend MadiTHON, you can obtain one community service hour.

How do I donate?


Follow this link in order to donate to MadiTHON 2020.

How do I register? 

Follow this link in order to register.


Is there a donation minimum?


No!  You can donate whatever is comfortable for you.

© MadiTHON 2019 

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