" I am so proud to be able to support Children's Miracle Network through Dance Marathon.
It is such a great feeling to know that what we are doing is making a difference in a child's life.
I cannot wait to hear all the children's stories at Dance Marathon in the spring."

- Megan Tessier, junior Dance Marathon dancer

Miracle Child

To remind dancers the meaning of Dance Marathon, children who have directly benefited from Dance Marathon fundraising go on stage with their family to share the story of their illness with the dancers. These former patients, called Miracle Children, have overcome incredible odds with the help of research, hospital equipment and patient education funded by Dance Marathon.




Miracle Child

Riley, from Ocala, Fla. (picture provided by Children’s Miracle Network)
When Riley was just four days old, she arrived at Shands Children’s Hospital at UF. Doctors discovered she had two holes in her heart and would need open-heart surgery. Two months later, pediatric cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Mark Bleiweis performed the surgery and successfully repaired Riley’s heart. Although Riley continues to see a pediatric cardiologist, she is a happy and healthy little girl.




Miracle Child

Anthony, from Gainesville, Fla. s (picture provided by Children’s Miracle Network)
After six years of excessive bruising and bleeding, Anthony was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a condition that compromises the immune system. His spleen was destroying the platelets in his body. At age 7, his spleen was removed. Soon after, Anthony developed B cell lymphoma. He underwent three months of cancer treatment and finally, a bone marrow transplant. The transplant was successful, and Anthony now lives a full, healthy life.