More than 500 participants turned out for the fourth annual LoboTHON Dance Marathon, raising more than $51,000 for The University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital, the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in the state.

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LoboTHON, while also the name for the 13.1-hour dance marathon, is a student-run philanthropy organization at UNM that donates 100 percent of the money raised each year through the event to the children’s hospital. Over the past four years, the organization has raised nearly $150,000.

At this year’s dance marathon, students who raised money throughout the school year were able to come together with kids from the UNM Children’s Hospital, hearing their stories as well as helping them clear their minds and have fun for a day. Students were also able to take part in Bubble Soccer, Zumba and Swing Dancing. Toward the end of the night, Lobos got down during “Rave Hours” provided by 2 Man Embassy and DJ Monster.

“Being able to see the smiles on the Miracle Kids' faces when they see everyone coming together to dedicate an entire day just for them is easily the best part of it all,” said Jessica Marrello, executive director of LoboTHON. “The kids go through so much and being able to share their stories make us all stronger, and brings us so much more meaning to our college experience.”

To learn more about LoboTHON, visit lobothon.org