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Auburn University’s Dance Marathon, or AUDM, has set a goal of $658,000 for 2018 to honor the 658 pediatric surgeries at Children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center of Columbus Regional Health in the last year.

Each year, AUDM engages the Auburn campus and local community in raising funds and generating awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. Now in its sixth year, AUDM has raised more than $1.5 million total for the Children’s Miracle Network. In 2016, AUDM surpassed its $500,000 goal and raised $541,832 to directly benefit the Children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center at Columbus Regional Health.

“This number will serve as a constant reminder to staff members and dancers to think beyond the numerical side of the goal,” said Victoria Jackson, AUDM vice president of marketing. “Six hundred fifty-eight is all about helping these children and changing lives in the process.”

In the fall, AUDM announces its fundraising goal which will end with its main event, a 14-hour dance marathon celebrating the children who are supported by Children’s Miracle Network and revealing the amount of money raised for the year.

AUDM hosts benefit nights, fundraising push days and other events throughout the year to raise money toward the set goal.

AUDM’s main event is set for Feb. 10, 2018.

For more information on AUDM, visit the website.