Join Sparkathon as a member and choose a committee to help support our planning! We meet every other week on Thursdays at 5:30 PM via Zoom! Please fill out our member interest form to receive the meeting link!
We also have 3 committees to pick from: Fundraising, Events, and Outreach.
- The Fundraising Committee works on planning how to effectively gain donations for the clinic through events, matching grants, and collaborations with other organizations on campus!
- The Events Committee plans and hosts various events to increase public awareness about the clinic and Sparkathon’s efforts while also having fun! The Events Committee is also the main committee in charge of planning the entertainment for the actual dance marathon!
- The Outreach Committee is a key group that focuses on gaining fundraising teams by speaking with clubs and organizations across campus for recruitment!
If you are interested in joining one of these committees, please fill out the form!
Meet the team! Heading link
What is Sparkathon? Heading link
Sparkathon is UIC’s Dance Marathon. We are a service organization on campus working on fundraising for UI Health’s Long Term Survivors of Childhood Cancer Clinic.
Why treat childhood cancer survivors? Heading link
Survivors of childhood cancer are at risk for a number of long-term health issues due to the invasiveness of treatments. Often, these patients either are not educated about or cannot access treatment for these long-term effects. Our clinic team provides individualized care to Chicagoland childhood cancer survivors across their entire lifespan, with education, preventive screening, social services, and specialty care referrals. Our goal is to raise awareness of late effects among survivors as well as medical students and resident trainees and to build on the significant accomplishments of the Children’s Oncology Group in improving long-term survival and quality of life.
What do we ask of the community? Heading link
We want each individual or team involved to raise as much as possible for this great cause. In the past three years, Sparkathon has fundraised over $30,000, and we hope to continue to contribute to this great cause! We plan to enact a 6-hour dance marathon this year, where individuals pay a suggested donation of $25 to participate. Our Dance Marathon event will be at SCE 301, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm on March 28, 2024.