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Jagathon delivers big miracles to kids at Riley

Mar 6, 2019
Students raising signs at Jagathon to indicate how much money was raised.
Jagathon’s mission is to “stand for those who feel like they are alone, support those who continue to fight despite all odds, and dance for those that continue to believe in hope.”Photo courtesy of Jagathon

Known as “miracle-makers,” the IUPUI students who participate in Jagathon, IUPUI’s annual dance marathon, are heavily invested in bringing hope to the patients at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Last weekend, those miracle-makers raised a total of $605,178.24 at the 15-hour dance marathon.

IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, along with hundreds of students, danced the night away to secure the record amount.

Students wearing Riley Buckets dance on stage at Jagathon
Chancellor Paydar hugs a Riley Kid

In addition to dancing, students participated in a variety of activities including a 1-mile run to Riley Hospital, dodgeball, face-painting and a life-sized version of “Hungry Hungry Hippos.”

A life-sized version of Hungry Hungry Hippos
A group of students play dodgeball

The late hours of Jagathon were filled with the Riley children’s talent show, live performances and lots of dancing before the final reveal of how much money was raised for pediatric research.

Students dance at Jagathon on stage
A Riley kid smiling

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