TCU Dance Marathon
Our mission here at TCUDM is to help raise money and awareness for the children, families, administration, and physicians at our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, Cook Children's Medical Center, and we do it in the best way possible... by dancing! Every year we work tirelessly to fundraise and promote our big 12-hour dance marathon event. We have grown a lot since our first event in 2015 and have now raised a total of over $394,000! All proceeds that we raise are donated to Cook Children's and put to use in the area that the hospital has the most need. With this year being our 6th anniversary, we have even bigger goals and are making the 2020 TCU Dance Marathon theme "Do More". This year and every year, we will fundraise, promote, raise awareness and DANCE For The Kids (FTK)!
If you would like to learn more about Cook Children's Medical Center, please head to the 'Cook Children's' page which can be found in the 'About Us' dropdown menu above.
TCUDM is a rapidly growing part of the Dance Marathon national organization. To learn more about Dance Marathon's history, purpose, achievements, programs, and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals head to the national website:
In Loving Memory of Taylor Renee Helland
Taylor Helland was only 14 years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She began to endure trials that no fourteen year old should have to endure like multiple surgeries, over 24 rounds of chemotherapy, and countless nights spent at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Taylor was able to spend her senior year of high school cancer free, but the cancer returned just before her freshman year at TCU.
Even when Taylor was given these trials to endure, she decided to Choose Joy in everything that came her way. This became her motto. Choose Joy no matter what kind of news the doctors would tell her. Choose Joy no matter how painful her treatments might be. Choose Joy no matter how many things she might be missing out on.
Taylor became a part of the TCU Dance Marathon family as more than just a Miracle Kid. Her sophomore year, she also became a committee member on the TCUDM marketing team. As she continued to endure chemo treatments on top of her school work, Taylor came to meetings and was always willing to help the place that was fighting to save her life.
Taylor passed away the morning of February 20, 2016, the day of Dance Marathon. Taylor never once let cancer defeat her. Because of her Choose Joy attitude, Taylor won every single day. Taylor inspired us to Choose Joy in everything we do, because everything we do is for kids like her. We will continue to Choose Joy until there is no longer a reason for us to dance. But until then, we will dance, and we will Choose Joy.