CLEMSON — Clemson students will dance for 12 hours this weekend to raise money for children’s health care in the annual Clemson University Dance Marathon (CUDM).

The Dance Marathon is a nationwide, student-driven philanthropic event to raise financial and emotional support for the Children’s Miracle Network. The Clemson University Dance Marathon will raise funds for the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

“Our funds help provide anything from supplies needed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to a child life specialist. With help from fundraising from non-profit organizations, such as CUDM, we are able to supply things that hospital bills cannot,” said Bree Zandy, director of donor relations for the Clemson University Dance Marathon.

The Dance Marathon will begin at noon Saturday at Fike Recreation Center. It will go on until midnight. At the event, there will be games, local bands, singers, a hip-hop instructor, dancing, catered food from Jimmy Johns and Chipotle and a rave.

“Everyone should participate and donate to CUDM because they will gain so much more from this experience than any amount of money could ever provide. CUDM will be a rewarding experience and a memory that will never be forgotten,” said Zandy.

This year, the Clemson group’s goal is to raise $30,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

To register or donate, go to the Clemson University Dance Marathon website, Facebook page or Twitter.

— Peyton Bullard

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