NYDM is a year-long effort to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer. Every fall, this effort culminates in a 12-hour dance marathon. The funds raised benefit The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, an organization which provides financial and emotional support for children and families battling pediatric cancer. In addition, the organization provides funding for pediatric cancer research with the goal of finding a way to mitigate the physical pain experienced by those living with the disease. 

NYDM began as a collective movement between the Fraternity and Sorority members on NYU’s campus in September of 2012. NYU’s inaugural dance marathon, NYDM, took place on November 23, 2013, and with an original goal of $46,000, NYDM surpassed this raising $126,020.66. This became the most successful first year dance marathon in US history. NYDM’s inaugural year inspired not only the NYU Fraternity and Sorority members, but the entire NYU community. 

In five years time, we have raised over $1,700,000 for the B+ Foundation. As we embark on our sixth year, we have set our goals high to make a difference in the lives of our Heroes and all children and families affected by pediatric cancer. 

For more information about our story and the impact we have on the community, please watch the video below.