The student organization UMass For the Kids raised $133,000 for Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield this school year, including more than $20,000 on April 8 when more than 1,000 UMass Amherst students participated in the group’s annual UDance marathon.
The $133,000 is a 49 percent increase over last year’s total.
Started in 2006, UDance is a 12-hour dance marathon hosted to raise money and awareness for the hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network. For the 2017 fundraising campaign, UMass For the Kids set out to raise a total of $100,000 for the year. The annual fundraising campaign begins in September with events throughout the year culminating with UDance just after spring break.
This year’s fundraising efforts will support the new Pediatric Procedures and Infusion Unit at Baystate. This unit will see 3,200 patients annually who receive various treatments ranging from chemotherapy to IV hydration during flu season.