Mission Statement

Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon, a small school with a big heart, raises funds and awareness FOR THE KIDS of Riley Hospital for Children by: Engaging our campus and community. Supporting our Riley families. Celebrating life’s victories and new hope.

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


Austin McGowan

Austin’s journey with Riley Hospital began at age 3 in 1993 when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. After countless surgeries and procedures, life began to feel more normal for now 9 year old Austin.

In October 2006, Austin’s family received the devastating news that Austin had been diagnosed with two life-threatening childhood leukemias–an extremely rare dual diagnosis. Austin bravely took on chemotherapy and bone transplants, and eventually lived 7 years cancer free. However, the heavy medications lead Austin to develop a joint disorder called AVN.

Because of this condition, Austin’s family decided to hire a teacher and home school him where he completed his diploma and graduated with honors. Austin has come to many of our SMC-DM events and is an awe of the hope this organization creates, “That feeling was amazing,” he says. “I want to give back. Riley definitely saved my life, so whatever I can do, I’ll do.”

Dylan Shumaker

Dylan has bravely battled his spinal cord cancer, including enduring 33 proton radiation treatments and surgery. Dylan was an executive on the Bremen High School Mini Marathon, and has touched the community with his tenacity and spirit. At Bremen, Dylan was a part of the National Honor Society, baseball team and wrestling team.


Countdown to SMCDM 2016

2016/03/20 12:00:00