About UDanceDancing today to give the kids a tomorrow.
We Dance For A Cure.
In our efforts to support The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation, the University of Delaware UDance Dance Marathon strives to instill hope in the lives of those affected by childhood cancer. We encourage unity, raise funds, and spread awareness while inspiring all to Live Like Andrew!
Childhood Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children & teenagers, more than any other disease. There are 16 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes. Our organization strives to change those statistics and ensure that children live the long, joyful lives they deserve.
UDance was founded in 2007 by Jessica Forman and has grown substantially over the past nine years. The first UDance, held in the Trabant Multipurpose Rooms, was sponsored by two Greek Organizations – Alpha Epsilon Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon. In 2009, UDance partnered with The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation.
We encourage students across campus to get involved. In 2016 alone, over 100 student organizations were involved in UDance throughout the year and 2,000 students participated as Volunteers, Dancers, or Moralers in the annual dance marathon on March 13. In total, over 6,000 individuals attended UDance 2016 throughout the day!
We're #1 in Delaware
UDance, the largest student-run philanthropy at the University of Delaware, is a yearlong effort to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. This effort culminates in a 12-hour dance marathon every spring at The Bob Carpenter Center.
We Dance for Our B+ Heroes
This past year, the UDance Community raised $1,890,337.16 For Our Heroes. All funds benefit The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, which provides critical, cutting-edge medical research and financial assistance to families across the country.
We've Raised Millions
Today, UDance is an annual event that brings the entire University of Delaware community together. UDance has raised over $7.15 million dollars since its inception in 2007.
The Andrew McDonough Foundation
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the life and legacy of Andrew McDonough. The Foundation was born out of tragedy after athlete and ‘A’ student Andrew McDonough battled leukemia, septic shock and complications of childhood cancer for 167 days before passing away on July 14, 2007, at the age of 14. Andrew’s B+ blood type became his family’s and friends’ motto throughout his fight against childhood cancer — to “Be Positive”.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation is about Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer. The B+ Foundation provides financial and emotional support to families of kids affected by cancer nationwide, and funds critical, cutting-edge childhood cancer research. Learn more about B+ Heroes>
For more information on our partnernship with The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, please visit their school partner page.