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Dance Marathon Raises $326k for Hospitals

29. March 2006 • Dale Winling
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A year of organization and fundraising culminated in the annual Dance Marathon Saturday and Sunday, a 30-hour dance-fest at the U-M Indoor Track Building.

In the event’s nine years, dancers have raised well over a million dollars.

Kelly Riegel-Green, the mother of twins with hearing-induced speech impediments, credited Dance Marathon with making speech therapy an affordable option.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find insurance companies to pick up tabs for a lot of this stuff,” she said. Riegel-Green said weekly speech therapy sessions at Beaumont Hospital can cost more than $80 for each child, effectively costing their family $160 a week to improve the children’s speech.

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