Terp Thon is a student organization at the University of Maryland that works year-round to raise money and awareness for Children's National Health System in Washington D.C., our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Our efforts culminate in a 12-hour Dance Marathon every March, where we reveal our fundraising total for the year. We stand for 12 hours to represent the typical length of a nurse's shift at Children's National. Everything we do is For The Kids.
Terp Thon is a part of the Miracle Network Dance Marathon movement that is taking over nationwide. More than 250 schools across the country raise funds for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, as a part of the Miracle Network Dance Marathon family. Last year, Terp Thon raised $728,453.16, making us the ninth top fundraising Miracle Network Dance Marathon in the nation. Terp Thon is now going into its eighth year and every year we break fundraising records, and we will continue to do so as long as there are kids in need.
Terp Thon’s fundraising success is a direct result of our close relationship with our Miracle Families and Children’s National. It is through our Miracle Kids that we stay motivated to be the best we can be. Throughout the year, Terp Thon has events which unites patients at Children’s National and the UMD community. At our Dance Marathon, the Miracle Kids come together to celebrate their strength, and are able to show off their inner rock star! Last year, Amanda sung her heart out to a Katy Perry song, and Caitlin gave an amazing gymnastics performance. Most importantly, the Miracle Kids, Terp Thon Planning Team, and UMD student body all have fun as we unite under one cause.
Terp Thon’s success is also due to the Terp Thon Planning Team and the support of the UMD community. Terp Thon is the largest student-run philanthropy group the state of Maryland, and continues to grow in numbers every year. Our Miracle Network Dance Marathon and cause unites the diverse Maryland community. In March, UMD student organizations, Greek life, faculty and staff, and alumni as well as local Maryland high schools and businesses all come together For The Kids.