Dance Marathon comes to Dexter this Friday

Dance Marathon is coming to Dexter.

The event offers local residents and families a great way to not only give their support to a worthwhile cause but also to have a good time in the process. Dance Marathon at University of Michigan supports pediatric rehabilitation programs at C.S. Mott and Beaumont Children’s by providing funds and volunteers for therapies.

Therapy provides children with a creative outlet, a sense of accomplishment, and a supportive network as they develop and grow. Through team-building practices and motor skills improvement, Dance Marathon therapies foster capability, confidence, and most of all, fun!

Helping bring Dance Marathon to Dexter is Alison Rossini, a 2013 Dexter HS graduate, who is now a senior at the University of Michigan School of Nursing program.

“Dance Marathon has a K-12 engagement program that goes out to surrounding school districts and encourages students to start their own mini marathons,” said Rossini, an ambassador for Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan.
Dexter High School will host its third Dance Marathon this Friday and all local residents are invited to attend this “fun and entertaining” fundraiser that raises money for local children.

The Dexter event, called DMUM Dread Night, is from 7 to 10 p.m. in the cafeteria and gym at Dexter High School. Tickets are only $5 per person with all the money going to DMUM.

Activities will include a bouncy house, music, arts and crafts, obstacle course, face painting, dancing and plenty of games for all age groups. There also will be food including pizza.

The money raised from the Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan goes to fund pediatric therapies at Mott and Beaumont Children’s.

“At these hospitals we support therapies that promote physical improvement, social skills, and so much more,” Rossini said. The money DMUM raises is used to underwrite the costs of the programs put on by a diverse team of highly experienced full time pediatric specialists.

Mill Creek has hosted similar Dance Marathon events for years. In fact, that’s where Rossini first learned about the organization.

“This means a lot to me,” said Rossini. “When I was in middle school and the kids from UM came I really looked up to them when they were telling us about the kinds of therapies we were helping raise money for. There was a student in a grade above me who was in their program and he would tell me about all the amazing things they did using the money Dance Marathon raised.

“Being able to go back to my high school and inspire students to become leaders and give back to the community is really meaningful to me.”

As the group’s designated Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Beaumont receives a sum of funds from the proceeds from the Marathon. With the resources they allocate to them, pediatric rehabilitation therapies and the purchasing of various medical equipment is made possible in the greater metro-Detroit area.

DMUM and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital collaborate through a therapy-oriented mindset. This cooperative approach has allowed them to fund multiple therapies, full programs, and a few therapists’ salaries.

North Star Reach provides life-changing camp experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families. By donating to them each year, DMUM takes part in a mutually supportive partnership that makes an impact for children with developmental challenges.

For more information, log onto DMUM.org.

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