DePaul's 'Demonthon' benefits Lurie Children's through dance

Participants opt for hybrid model this year due to Chicago COVID pandemic

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Friday, April 9, 2021
DePaul dance marathon benefits Lurie Children's
DePaul students will participate in a hybrid "Demonthon" this weekend to raise money for Lurie Children's Hospital.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Boogie down with the DePaul Blue Demons: Students will be dancing for a good cause this weekend.

The Demonthon is returning this year from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The dance-a-thon benefits Lurie Children's Hospital.

A junior student from Geneva holds this event close to her heart: She was once a patient at Lurie's. Erin McKenna joined ABC 7 Chicago Friday to talk about the event.

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Typically during the Big Event, members commit to standing for either the full 24-hour duration of the event or during one of the 12-hour blocks, dancing every hour on the hour. Members stand to be in solidarity with kids and families who battle pediatric illness every day.

The Big Event is not only a celebration of the dancers, but more importantly, the strength and courage of families from Lurie Children's, according to DePaul.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it's a four-hour hybrid in-person and Zoom event on Saturday night.