Auburn Univ. Miracle Network Dance Marathon raises over $424K

Auburn Univ. Miracle Network Dance Marathon raises over $424K

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The Auburn University Miracle Network Dance Marathon was held on Saturday. This was the 5th year for the event and organizers aimed to reach a big goal to help children facing some big obstacles.

Thousands of Auburn students were tasked to show off their dance moves for 14 hours. The goal was to raise $395,000, but the students went beyond that by raising $424,617.01.

All the money will benefit the Children's Hospital at Midtown Medical Center of Columbus Regional Health, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Shannon Slade's family is one of the Miracle Network Families. Slade's triplet girls were born premature at 25 weeks and spent the first three months
of their lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Columbus, Georgia.

Now four, the girls are thriving and Slade believes it's in part due to the contributions of these students.

"It amazes me every year because there are more people. It means a lot for them to come and do that," said Shannon Slade.

"We are just celebrating the lives of the kids in the hospital. They have put up incredible fights and faced greater hardships then most of us have ever seen. No donation is to small. One cent, one dollar, or one hundred dollars," said John McNiell, AUDM President. 

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