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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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Parmina

Cancer

Parmina’s grandmother, Pauline, is actually grateful for the H1N1 flu virus. Without it she would not have taken her granddaughter to the hospital, where a chest X-ray revealed something shocking—Parmina had cancer.

She was diagnosed with a mediastinal embryonal germ cell tumor attached to her thymus, a small organ that sits just above the heart and is part of the body's immune system. Rarely found in children, this type of cancer occurs most often in older men.

Doctors began chemotherapy immediately, followed by surgery to remove the tumor. The treatments were successful, but Parmina’s challenges didn’t end there. Side effects of her lifesaving treatment include some permanent hearing loss, lung damage, cognitive difficulties and potential kidney problems.

Despite life’s challenges, Parmina is an irrepressible optimist. Now 11, she takes good care of her two younger sisters with special needs, and she loves to perform magic, especially for kids in the hospital.

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