The Stand is New York City’s Dance Marathon, a year-long fundraising organization that benefits New
York City’s Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Dance Marathon is a national collegiate philanthropy
that benefits Children’s Miracle Network hospitals all across the country. Three years ago, Chicago
started the “city-wide” era of Dance Marathon. Unlike traditional DM’s, “city-wides” aren’t associated
with a university or college, but are open to everyone within the area. New York City will be the nation’s
fourth “city-wide” Dance Marathon. Throughout the year, several fundraising and awareness events
are held in order to engage the community and increase participation within the organization. The year
culminates with a large, celebratory Dance Marathon event in the spring, to commemorate the funds
raised that year. People sign up in advance to participate in the DM, where they pledge to fundraise
a minimum for the hospitals and remain on their feet for twelve hours to show support for the kids’
struggles. While standing, participants play games, are given several meals, perform a unified line dance
and listen to patient families’ heart-warming stories. The Dance Marathon concludes with the reveal
of the fundraising total for the entire year. By participating in the DM, New Yorkers are taking a stand
against childhood illness and taking a stand for those who can’t.