Elonthon Dance Marathon is a 24-hour dance marathon benefiting Duke Children's Hospital
and Health Center. It was started in 2003 by a very passionate and service-minded group of
students from Elon University in North Carolina celebrating an amazing young boy named
Mason Lindley. These students were interested in making an emotional and financial impact
on the patients and families of Duke Children's. Their only rule: no sitting! Two
hundred students participated in the inaugural event in Elon's south gym, staying on their
feet and dancing for 24 straight hours. Through their efforts, they collectively raised $28,500.
Today, Elonthon serves as the University's largest student-run campus program as well as the
largest philanthropic event on campus. Each spring, Elon students have the opportunity to
participate for 6, 12, or 24 hours. Throughout the event, participants have the opportunity to
hear the incredible stories of strength from 25 extremely inspirational miracle children.
Participants can also learn the Morale dance, compete in Color Wars, watch entertainment
acts, play video games, participate in in-event fundraising, dance their heart out at rave hour,
and more. Over the last 16 years, Elonthon has raised over 2 million dollars
for the kids.