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[r26] Truitt Honors Purdue Dance Marathon
Start Date: 4/3/2013Start Time: 10:00 AM
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STATEHOUSE – State Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) authored a resolution honoring the Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM) for their efforts in raising more than half a million dollars for Riley Children’s Hospital last year.

“I am very proud of the work this group has done for their community and their state,” said Rep. Truitt. “Purdue University Dance Marathon is now in its ninth year of raising money for Riley Children’s Hospital, and they are ranked fifth in the nation for their fundraising efforts. I look forward to seeing the positive impact they will continue to make in the lives of countless children.”

Purdue University Dance Marathon was established in 2005 and over the past nine years has raised over $1,000,000 for the kids and families at Riley Children’s Hospital. In 2011, PUDM raised $303,562.82 and $528,654.67 in 2012. The money is used to fund research and the needs of families being treated at Riley Hospital for Children.

The group has grown from having only 100 dancers in its first year to over 1,700 in the November 2012 marathon. Dance Marathon is a student-run organization by 26 Purdue University students. Over 750 committee members are actively planning and fundraising for 2013 marathon.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition,” said PUDM Vice President of External Affairs Josh Bring. “But the big thing here is that it is not about us – it is about the kids. We want to give them the best chance for survival and give Riley the most that we can.”

The money raised this year will specifically go towards the Cancer Center and Camp Riley. A patient room in the new Cancer Center at the Hospital is named after PUDM.

“These students are showing maturity and dedication beyond their years. They are selfless in their actions, and I am incredibly impressed with the work they have done to help the children at Riley. I look forward to seeing what they have in store for the 2013 marathon and hope it is just as successful,” said Rep. Truitt.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community.

Contact Information:
Name: Ali Norman
Phone: 317-232-9824
Email: anorman@iga.in.gov
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