The Indiana University Dance Marathon, commonly known as IU Dance Marathon or IUDM, is a 36-hour Dance Marathon that takes place every November at Indiana University with the purpose of raising both funding and awareness for pediatric care. In 1991, student Jill Stewart started IU Dance Marathon in honor of her friend, Ryan White, who died from AIDS the year before. Since then, IUDM has raised over $32 million for Riley Hospital for Children, including $4,203,326.23 during the 2017 marathon year. Next year’s marathon will take place November 2nd through 4th, 2018. IUDM currently supports the Wells Center for Pediatric Research and Riley Hospital for Children.

IUDM Through the Years
Year Amount Slogan
1991 $10,900.00 “Celebrate life. Dance. Hope.”
1992 $23,000.00 “JAM!”
1993 $66,234.46 “Do it for the children.”
1994 $96,343.33 “Together we will raise more in ’94.”
1995 $140,072.46 “Keep the dream alive in ’95.”
1996 $152,760.00 “Making miracles.”
1997 $206,537.20 “Big hearts helping little hands.”
1998 $230,565.20 “Living with hope, dancing for smiles.”
1999 $315,060.16 “Sharing smiles, living dreams.”
2000 $402,324.17 “A decade of chance, a lifetime of hope.”
2001 $405,412.17 “Dancing for miracles, reaching for dreams.”
2002 $415,412.19 “Believing in the gift of tomorrow.”
2003 $403,000.19 “The chance of a lifetime to give a lifetime of chance.”
2004 $468,600.19 “A chance of a lifetime to give a lifetime of chance.”
2005 $677,415.19 “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
2006 $920,386.20 “We dance because we can. we stand for those who can’t.”
2007 $1,041,197.20 “Inspired by a cure. Touched by a story. Changed for a lifetime.”
2008 $1,376,550.23 “Have the heart to dream big and the passion to live bigger.”
2009 $1,520,418.21 “Encourage hope. Celebrate life. Dare to dream big.”
2010 $1,602,713.20 “Inspired by our past to dance for their future.”
2011 $1,801,207.20 “Out of difficulties grow miracles.”
2012 $2,125,322.20 “Where there is love, there is life.”
2013 $2,622,123.21 “Live for today. Dance for tomorrow.”
2014 $3,206,340.22 “Build Tomorrow’s Dreams”
2015 $3,880,025.22 “Bringing Legacy to Life”
2016 $4,152,440.23 “United by Passion, Powered by Hope”
2017 $4,203,326.23 “Founded in Family”
2018 $4,187,051.23 “Together We Will”
Total $36,652,737 Total raised For the Kids since 1991