Dance Marathon at U of M

For the Kids

What is Dance Marathon?

Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan (DMUM), is the largest student-run non-profit organization in the state of Michigan. As a registered 501(c)-3 organization, we strive to raise money and awareness year-round for pediatric rehabilitation programs sponsored at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor and William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a dancer, I will be standing on my feet for 30 consecutive hours to show support for the families and children who benefit from the programs sponsored by DMUM!

My fellow dancers and I aim to raise $300 for various physical and occupational therapy

programs. These programs including, Martial Arts therapy, Tree Climbing, TOPSoccer, and

Adaptive Swimming, help improve muscle control, strength, coordination, and confidence in children with disabilities. All rehabilitation programs are social in nature, and without support from DMUM, many would not exist. Over the past fifteen years DMUM has raised over $4.1 million, with over $510,000 raised last year alone! As we embark on our sixteenth year, we look forward to bringing together thousands of volunteers from our student body and community at large to unite in our continued effort to improve the lives of these children and their families.


This year, our team, Team 5A is paired with a special girl named Alyssa. Alyssa is turning 16 years old on New Year's Eve. Although Alyssa was diagnosed with Down Syndrome as a baby, she has not let it stop her from accomplishing her goals. In the past year alone, we had the opportunity to watch her star in a school production of "Little Women" and perform with her cheerleading team "The Shining Stars". Alyssa also loves to sing and bowl. Alyssa's spirit and confidence are truly a testament to the great work done by the therapies supported by Dance Marathon.

How you can help!

If you would like more information about DMUM, please feel free to either contact me or visit the Dance Marathon website, To make a tax-refundable donation, please

write a check payable to “Dance Marathon,” and send it to me at my school address (525 Walnut Street, Apartment 8, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. You can also donate online: simply visit our website and click on the “Donate” link, then search “Michael Nevitt” and follow the steps.