Purdue students dance the weekend away for Riley kids

Purdue students are getting down to raise money that will help provide care to patients at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. (WLFI Photo)
Purdue students are getting down to raise money that will help provide care to patients at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue students are getting down to raise money that will help provide care to patients at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

The Purdue Dance Marathon is taking place at the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center.

The dancing started at 6 p.m. Saturday and did not stop until noon Sunday.

(Provided Photo/PUDM)
(Provided Photo/PUDM)

The marathon has raised more than $5 million since it came to campus in 2005.

Organizers said the event also helps develop personal relationships with Riley kids and families.

“My brother was a Riley kid, so it’s really special that now I have this opportunity to give back to other Riley families and know that every dollar that we raise is going to make such an impact on them and bring more smiles, more birthdays,” PUDM corporate partnership executive Bailey Ransburg said.

This year’s PUDM raised more than $1 million.

Most of the money raised will go toward funding pediatric cancer research.

The Purdue University Dance Marathon accepts donations year-round.