DANCE FOR A DAY. GIVE HOPE FOR A LIFETIME.
SMCDM raises money and awareness for the children at Riley Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, through year round events, fundraisers, and personal giving efforts that all culminate into our big 12 hour marathon event in the spring.
Since our creation in 2005, Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon has raised over $700,000 for the children and families at Riley Hospital.
Meet Our Riley Kids
Cecil Meyer was born in 2013. At 3 months old, Cecil had trouble breathing and developed a very red and cold arm. One morning, Cecil’s parents rushed him to his paediatrician to try to relieve his wheezing with nebuliser treatment. Nothing was working, so they sent Cecil to Riley. The doctors at Riley found a large tumour that blocked his trachea. With a displaced heart and trachea, Cecil’s little body grew around his tumor. The doctors discovered that Cecil had a form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. In Cecil’s 7 to 9 months of life, he went through four rounds of chemotherapy. On May 27, 2014 Cecil had open heart surgery to remove his tumor. Cecil’s parents had faith in the doctors at Riley on this day. The timor was successfully removed and thankfully Cecil is CANCER FREE! Today, Cecil is a happy and healthy boy. We are so thankful to have this strong and brave boy as one of our Riley Kids.
Kristopher Kauffman was born November 15, 2001 and adopted by Susan and Michael Kauffman. Due to drinking and smoking complications with his biological mother, Kristopher was born premature with severe medical issues. He had muscle weakness, a vision issue called Congenital Nystagmus, and fetal alcohol syndrome. Kristopher spent 11 days in the NICU because the doctors were afraid that he would not survive. At six months old, Kristopher was not meeting the milestones he should be. So, they enrolled him in a program called First Steps, where he had physical, developmental, occupational, and speech therapy every week.
At Riley, Kristopher had to get plastic surgery on his feet so that he could get shoes on to start walking. The doctors at Riley also talked to the Kauffmans about growth hormones and his vision issues. The doctor’s spent a lot of time with us talking about what would be best for Kristopher and we came away knowing that the very informed decision we made was the right one for Kristopher.
Although he still struggles physically and developmentally, Kristopher is making great strides and never gives up. He has a fighting spirit and never gives up. He can always find a way to get accomplished what he needs to get done
The Kauffmans are extremely grateful for Riley. “Riley Hospital has been a real God send for both of our children. We can’t thank them enough for all they have done for our family. Because of the wonderful care and support from the doctor’s and staff at Riley Hospital our sons have been allowed to grow into the happy and healthy young men they are today.”