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IlliniThon is a year-long fundraising organization benefiting St. John's Children's Hospital of Springfield, Illinois that culminates in a 12-hour student-run Dance Marathon every spring. Throughout the duration of the year, IlliniThon hosts events on campus and throughout the cities of Urbana-Champaign that engage students at University of Illinois and families that are being treated at St. John's Children's Hospital.





total dollars raised

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miracle kids

dancers from 2020 to 2022



It is my honor to welcome you to the official website of IlliniThon, a Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IlliniThon is a year-long movement that raises funds and awareness for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Our goals throughout the year are to ensure that the miracle kids receive the best medical care available and create a future free of pediatric illness and injury. For 13 years and counting, thousands of students have come together as one generation fighting for the next, making IlliniThon the largest philanthropic student organization at the University of Illinois. This massive year-long effort culminates with our 12-hour dance marathon event on April 1st, 2023. While this 12-hour dance marathon perfectly condenses months and months of work done by our Executive Board, Leadership Team, and General Members into one “Big Event”, the impact of IlliniThon reaches far beyond the walls of the University’s Activity and Recreation Center from which it is held. The tremendous amount of work done by IlliniThon and its members touches the lives of miracle children and their families alike every single day of the year!

What IlliniThon is able to do for the Miracle Kiddos and families of St. John’s Children’s Hospital would not be possible without the generosity of students, donors, sponsors, alumni, and volunteers like you! In both 2021 and 2022, years like no other that were filled with uncertainties, IlliniThon raised over $80,000 because Kids Can’t Wait! With your help, we are hoping to blow this number out of the water and hit $100,000 in 2023. This amount of money will go on to make a difference in so many lives and we are so grateful for that. Your donation will also help us to pay for Big Event costs such as rental costs for the gym, decorations, hotels for the families, and food for participants. However, the bonds formed between our students, miracle children, and families have proven to go well beyond any monetary amount. With that in mind, I encourage you to explore our website, get to know our executive board, peer into moments from our past events, see what is coming up in the future, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. As Margaret Mead once said, “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Together, we can foster a future that betters the life of every child in Illinois.

On behalf of IlliniThon and the families of HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, we thank you for your continued support; let’s all make IlliniThon 2023 our best year yet!

Kids Can’t Wait,

Rose Proctor

IlliniThon President

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