2019 Miracle Network Dance Marathon

2019 Miracle Network Dance Marathon

Emma DaltonOSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois is pleased to announce that Illinois Wesleyan University graduate, Emma Dalton of Florissant, Mo., is one of the 20 recipients of the 2019 Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award.

Emma’s leadership of IWU TitanThon helped raise $22,125 in 2019 for OSF Children’s Hospital in Peoria, Ill.

As the Executive Director for TitanThon, Emma worked to build a culture on Illinois Wesleyan’s campus that saw Dance Marathon as an important campus event.  She inspired her peers to participate and more than double their fundraising in just two years.

“I participate in Dance Marathon because, as a future educator, I have a passion for helping kids become the best version of themselves in any and every way I can,” Emma said. “I participate in Dance Marathon because I truly believe that every kiddo deserves to grow up and be whoever they want to be – and childhood illness should not stand in the way of that.”

Emma graduated in May 2019 and will be pursuing a career as an elementary school teacher in the fall.

Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs are student-run organizations that raise funds and awareness throughout the year and culminate in a 6- to 48-hour Dance Marathon event where students celebrate the year’s fundraising total, participate in games and dancing, and meet with patient families.

Nearly $250 million has been raised through Miracle Network Dance Marathon events since 1991 for 170 Children’s Miracle Network pediatric hospitals across North America. OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois has received nearly $85,000 since 2013.


OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, relies on support of corporate partners to fund life-saving care, education and research. Opportunities are available to make miracles happen in your community. Contact Mari Osborne at (309) 566-5671 or Mari.K.Obsborne@osfhealthcare.org.