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ASU Dance Marathon raises $44K for Ariz. children

March 05, 2014

On Feb. 22, Trinity celebrated her 12th birthday at college with ASU students at the second annual ASU Dance Marathon. A patient at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Trinity has endured many cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and other extensive surgeries, but that did not stop her from sharing her story with more than 700 philanthropic college students.

This year ASU Dance Marathon, a student-led event, raised $44,000 for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and children like Trinity.

ASU students raise money throughout the year and commit to dancing for 12 hours straight for the kids who can't.

“Dance Marathon gave us an incredible opportunity to come together as a community and dance for those who can’t," said Caelen Demos, an ASU junior. “Hearing Trinity talk and seeing the joy on her face is a moment I will remember forever.”

In December, Trinity underwent surgery to remove her femur, with several more rounds of chemotherapy.

“She insisted that she go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said her mom. "She loves the nurses and staff." These procedures did not break Trinity’s spirit – she continues to laugh, entertain others and bring smiles to the faces of everyone she meets.

ASU Dance Marathon aims to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and to provide hope and exceptional care for young patients. All donations will directly benefit the Hope Fund, which helps Phoenix Children’s Hospital launch critical new programs, purchase essential equipment, conduct cutting-edge research and provide charitable care. The Hope Fund helps ensure support is available for the young patients of Phoenix Children’s Hospital when it is needed most.

Year-round donations are accepted online at