Patients dance their cares away

Child at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) On Friday night, the music will start and hundreds of college students will be hitting the dance floor for 24 hours to raise money to help children in need of medical care.

The Hope Dance Marathon is an annual event that raises money for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Members of the dance team recently stopped by the hospital to have a mini dance party with some of the patients there. Having fun helps the kids forget they’re in the hospital and just have a great time dancing.

The marathon has happened every year since 2000. Many patients and former patients of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital participate in the marathon. Some participants joined as Hope College students and now work at the hospital.

You can check out the marathon yourself! It is open to the public for viewing. The 24 hour marathon runs from 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. You can also support it from home by donating online or by text.

  • Text “kids” to 41010 to donate $10
  • Text “cure” to 41010 to donate $5

Tune in for the “Dance Marathon: Giving Hope to Kids” special at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 on WOTV 4 Women.

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