Mission complete: Dance marathon raises $150,000

Kevin Lowder (2)

Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and his wife, Risa Zwerling Wrighton, honorary event chair, and other faculty and staff members take the stage to lead students in “The Dancellor” during the Nov. 5 Dance Marathon of St. Louis in the Athletic Complex. A record number of student dancers — nearly 1,400 — participated in this year’s space-themed event, which raised $150,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. “Miracle” child James Frew, in green, a leukemia survivor, also demonstrated dance moves. (Below) After leaving the stage, faculty and staff formed one big conga line with hundreds of students joining in. The entirely student-run event also featured performances by student groups, an auction, inflatables, a photo booth, and frisbees, beach balls, games and crafts with “miracle” children. While dancing for 12 straight hours was not mandatory, students were asked to stand the entire time (except mealtime) as a symbolic gesture to the struggles of children with cancer.