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The national Children's Miracle Network Hospitals office can help you with all of the details of planning this amazing event, but to get started, it might help to have a few things in place before you contact us.

Have a group of dedicated people (between 5-15) who are as excited and passionate about the cause as you. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals can help you stir up interest on campus if needed, but it helps us to have an initial group with whom to work.

Register "Dance Marathon" as a student organization on campus. This can usually be done through your university's student activities office. Becoming a registered organization will open up a wealth of university resources to you and will make the next step easier.

Designate a faculty or staff advisor. Someone who is excited about the cause and the event, and can help guide you as you navigate the internal structure of your university to find meeting space, event donations, start-up costs, etc. This can be someone within the student activities office, a Greek life leader, or even a trusted faculty member.

Contact the hospital you will be benefiting. Since all of your funds stay local, it will be a good idea to involve your children's hospital from the start. They will be excited to hear from you! If you are unsure which hospital you will be benefiting, skip ahead to step five. Find your local hospital here.

Contact us at info@dancemarathon.com for more information. From there we will be able to provide you with resources and training sessions to ensure your event is a success.

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Miracle Child

Ayla

Blood Disorder

When Ayla was 3 years old, a minor accident on the playground resulted in severe dark bruises on her legs. When her worried parents took her to the doctor, the test results turned their world upside down.

Ayla was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a disease that affects the body’s ability to clot blood and stop bleeding. The disease made Ayla’s body unable to control even the smallest cut or bruise—a frightening scenario for an active toddler. Although 90 percent of childhood ITP cases clear up within a year, Ayla’s did not. Her ITP is chronic, necessitating numerous blood transfusions, frequent hospital visits and even a splenectomy.

A few months after her diagnosis, Ayla’s family moved to Denver, Colo., so she could receive ongoing care at The Children’s Hospital. “At our first appointment, we knew we had found the right place,” said Ayla’s father, Jay.

Now 10, Ayla is mature, empathetic and patient with the challenges of her disease. She plays the piano and violin, and loves to swim and dance.

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