Welcome to HooThon at the University of Virginia!


Mission Statement

  • HooThon is a community of students bridging the gap between the University and UVA Children’s Hospital by building relationships with Miracle Families, creating awareness, and raising money to support research and treatment, year-round, culminating in a 10-hour Dance Marathon.

A Brief Overview

  • Each year UVA students accept the challenge to dance for those who can’t – to stand for 10 hours consecutively at our annual Marathon event, where we honor the heroic battles with chronic diseases that hundreds of kids fight every day. This event is the culmination of a year-long fundraising and awareness-raising effort, benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. Since its inception twenty years ago, Hoothon at UVA has raised over $1,000,000.00 For The Kids (FTK).
  • While the Marathon is packed with fun with friends and community fellowship, we are most thankful for the opportunity to celebrate Virginia Miracle Families – these kids and their families are the meaning behind our organization and a humble reminder to ‘dance’ in even the darkest times. Hearing each of their remarkable stories, inspires us to raise more, do more, and be more.
  • We look forward to sharing this experience with you in the spring at the 2019 Marathon!

Children’s Miracle Network

  • Children’s Miracle Network has been an important part of UVA Children’s Hospital since 1984. The program has seen many changes over the past 30 years but the mission remains the same: provide the best pediatric healthcare for the kids of central Virginia and beyond.

Where Does the Money Go?

  • Funds raised through the Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon support a variety of causes at the UVA Children’s Hospital, including funds to purchase specialized pediatric equipment which allow doctors and nurses to provide the best care available. The money also goes to education and development programs that are meant to make a hospital stay as easy, enjoyable, and comfortable as possible for patients and their families. Additionally, our fundraising efforts contribute to cutting edge research that allows for the toughest cases to be seen and treated right here in Charlottesville. We are most proud that all of the money raised by HooThon at UVA will support local efforts, local kids, and local families.

Specialized Pediatric Equipment

ECMO Pump – This machine serves as a bypass of the lungs and heart to provide oxygenated blood to the body during organ failure. This allows more time for doctors to implement a treatment or prepare for surgery.

Infant Resuscitators – This is a vital piece of equipment in the Neonatal and Pediatric intensive care units. It is designed to fit over an infant’s nose and mouth to provide respiratory aid. Not only does the smaller size effectively and comfortably fit over the patient’s face, but it also provides the appropriate amount of air to the lungs.

Child Development Services

Hospital Education – Our hospital education team works with local schools to help long-term patients at the Children’s Hospital keep up with their schoolwork. That way, when they are able to return to class, they are not far behind their curriculum.

Child Life – The hospital can be a scary place for a child. The Child Life program helps each patient feel more comfortable by helping them develop socially, encouraging interactions with other patients, and explaining medical procedures in terms that they can understand.


UVA Children’s Hospital not only treats patients but also serves as a cutting edge research center right here in central Virginia. Funds raised through CMN help researchers by providing grants to help cover some of the very expensive startup costs.


The 2017 DM Exec Committee was privileged to meet Dr. Trey Lee, who is doing groundbreaking research on  children’s leukemia right here at UVA! Click on the photo for more information on his work!

How Can You Help?

Join us! From now until April 1st, we will be working tirelessly to publicize our cause, host events, recruit ‘dancers,’ and nickel n’ dime our way to $100,000! Will you be a part of the movement? We hope so!

Click here if you are interested in getting involved or donating!

Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization, which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.