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Student-run Penn Dance Marathon Raises Money for CHOP Homeless Initiative

On March 24th, the student-run Penn Dance Marathon went above and beyond their fundraising goal and raised $11,252.40 at their annual 48-hour Dance Marathon event.

 As the annual culmination of a campaign to raise awareness for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and to more broadly support the children of the greater Philadelphia community, this year’s money raised will support CHOP’s Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) – an organization that provides free health services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters.

As the on-campus representatives of Children’s Miracle Network, a national organization that promotes children’s health, the Penn Dance Marathon members share a commitment to compassion, service, and bringing the Penn campus together to make miracles happen. The star of the show was without a doubt was their ‘adopted’ CHOP miracle child, Sammy, a pediatric cancer patient from New Jersey who is now in remission. “Seeing Sammy, our miracle child, dancing around with us and her friends with such a bright smile made this whole event worthwhile,” said Jordan Lindekens, Nu’19.

One of Penn Dance Marathon’s six directors, Jordan went on to say, “I am so grateful to have such an inspirational group of people to work with on this event. Their energy and enthusiasm to support pediatric health is what brought this event to life.”

Joining the students were Penn Nursing Professor and faculty advisor Dr. Terri Lipman and HHI program leader Dr. Karen Hudson. Speakers and performers also included Amelia Wright, Penn Dance, West Philly Swingers, Penn Latin Ballroom, and Dance for Health. Congratulations to all involved!