It is Dance Marathon’s 18th year at the University of South Carolina. The first Dance Marathon was held in the Russell House ballroom in 1999. It has grown to become the largest student-run philanthropy on campus and remains one of the only events to unite a wide variety of student and community members. It has affiliated itself with the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia as a proud member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2015, USCDM won Student Organization of the Year and raised $501,528 for the kids. To this day, USCDM has raised over $2.4 million for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital with no sign of stopping anytime soon.