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Families First. Everything Counts. Surrender Yourself.

Rutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) is the largest, student-run philanthropic event in New Jersey. RUDM’s mission is to provide emotional and financial support for children who are a part of Embrace Kids Foundation. RUDM participants dance for 30 hours to help raise funds and awareness that goes towards Embrace Kids Foundation’s mission to support the non-medical needs of children with cancer and blood disorders.

RUDM is not limited to one weekend in Spring. It is a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness for children with cancer and blood disorders. Children and their families who are a part of Embrace Kids Foundation are paired with fraternities, sororities, and organizations across Rutgers University. The pairing insures children and their families have a support system at the University, and feel as they are a part of the Rutgers community.

Our efforts culminate in a 30 hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping, Dance Marathon! The event now takes place at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (the RAC) and brings together over 1000 people,  including dancers and volunteers. In 2014, RUDM raised a record-breaking $622,533.98, and 100% of money raised went to Embrace Kids Foundation!

Since 1999, RUDM has raised over $4.2 million for Embrace Kids Foundation. The money raised has helped countless families in the tri-state area cope with the numerous challenges of pediatric cancer. All the money RUDM raises goes directly to Embrace Kids Foundation and helps support the non-medical needs of children with blood disorders and cancer.

Rutgers University Dance Marathon is not just another event at the University. It’s a tradition which has far-reaching effects into the community. It’s a tradition which brings the Rutgers community together. It’s a tradition that benefits a marvelous cause. It is a tradition that we hope you take part in. If you have any questions, please email info@marathon.rutgers.edu.