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uscdm frequently asked questions

Our Mission Statement:

The mission statement of University of South Carolina Dance Marathon (USCDM) is to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands through engaging with students in educational, entertaining, and service-oriented interactions and events.


What is the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon?

The University of South Carolina Dance Marathon is the largest student-run, philanthropic organization in South Carolina. Our yearlong fundraising efforts directly benefit Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands. Our internal team is composed of 250+ college students who are fighting for the next generation. Throughout the year we host a variety of fun events that ultimately lead up to our Main Event, which is a celebration of our fundraising efforts and concludes with a final flip of the total amount of money raised.

What is Miracle Network Dance Marathon? 

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a program at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It is a student led, year - round philanthropic movement, uniting students at over 400 colleges, universities and high schools across the United States and Canada. As a fundraising program, each campus’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon organization works throughout the year to raise funds and awareness to change kids’ health and change the future with for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.” To learn more about Miracle Network Dance Marathon, please visit their website

What does USCDM raise money for? 

All of USCDM’s fundraising efforts go directly to Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands! In the past, we have fully funded projects like the building of “The USC Dance Marathon Playground,” which creates a safe outdoor space for patients and siblings to play in during their stay at the hospital.

What kind of events do we host? 

We host a variety of events that range from campus paint nights to community-wide trick-or-treating on UofSC’s Greene Street. All of our events are created to build community and spread awareness of our cause to raise funds for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands. To learn more about upcoming events, check out our event calendar!

What leadership opportunities are there in USCDM? 

There are a variety of ways to develop your leadership skills within USCDM. Whether it be on our Executive Board, Board of Directors or Staff, there is a chance for everyone to grow their leadership skills! Check out our “Get Involved” page to learn about each area of our organization.

Where can I get consistent updates about USCDM? 
To get up-to-date information, check out our social media platforms! 


Who are our Miracle Families? 
Our miracle kids are the heartbeat of our organization! These children have had treatment at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands, and are now advocates for any child that walks through the hospital doors. We are fortunate to have our miracle families speak at our events, interact with our campus, and advocate for our mission to leave a positive impact on the future!


Who can participate in USCDM? 

All students at the University of South Carolina can and are encouraged to participate in USCDM!

My group wants to work with USCDM, who should I contact?
We are so excited to hear that you are interested in working with us! Please contact Katie Torbert at with any inquiries.

What is FTTK? What does it mean? 

FTTK means Forever To Thee Kids. FTTK is a saying we use to always remember why we are a part of this organization, because we do this to raise money for children that need our support and is a spin off of the University of South Carolina's Alma Mater 'Forever to Thee'. 

How can I donate? 

Click here to be taken to our Donor Drive and click the "DONATE TO THIS EVENT" button to donate to the organization as a whole. You can also search for an individual that is registered for Dance Marathon and donate to their specific page on our Donor Drive website.

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