Students at UCLA have rallied together to put on a 26-hour annual dance-a-thon to acknowledge the battle of children suffering from AIDS by fighting their own personal battle: staying on their feet for the entire duration of the event.
With thousands of participants every year, live music, and appearances by celebrities and activists alike, Dance Marathon has been able to raise nearly 3 million dollars in its eleven year history, benefiting HIV-positive children around the world.
UCLA Pediatric AIDS Coalition (PAC)
The PAC organizes Dance Marathon at UCLA each year to raise money for four organizations: the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the largest pediatric AIDS foundation across the globe; Project Kindle and One Heartland, two free summer camp programs that provide HIV-affected children with the experience of a lifetime; and the UCLA AIDS Institute, an organization in UCLA's own backyard dedicated to the eradication of HIV and AIDS.
Raising awareness to fight pediatric AIDS
Now in its eleventh consecutive year, Dance Marathon has established itself as a tradition on the UCLA campus and among the Los Angeles community. Still a young organization, Dance Marathon is constantly looking for new, innovative ways to unite students, community activists, celebrities and leaders around the cause of pediatric AIDS through the same dedication and enthusiasm it has exhibited for the past eleven years.