Parsippany resident Ryan Sheehan is Captain for Rutgers Dance Marathon

PARSIPPANY  — The Rutgers University Dance Marathon is a student-run philanthropic event (the largest one in the state of New Jersey) that unites the Rutgers community in an effort to raise money and increase awareness for Embrace Kids Foundation. It is a university-wide tradition comprised of volunteers who champion a commitment to service, leadership development and fun. It’s all FOR THE KIDS! The dance will be held on April 1 and April 2.

cancer2Dancers must raise a minimum of $350.00 and Volunteers must raise a minimum of $100.00 by March 7 in order to be confirmed as participants for RUDM 2016!

Dancers, this year we have restructured the format of the event into two 12-hour sessions, allowing RUDM to expand to new heights, be more inclusive of the entire Rutgers community, and be more flexible with your schedule. More information about submitting your session preference will be sent to you after you are a confirmed Dancer!

For questions and help please contact Ryan Szemple at

The Mission of Embrace Kids Foundation is:

  • To create a legacy of service, caring and community involvement at Rutgers University
  • To foster a relationship between Rutgers University’s organizations and patients and families served by Embrace Kids Foundation
  • To raise funds and awareness for the patient families served by Embrace Kids Foundation

To make a donation click here. All donations are tax deductible.

So far the group raised $692,046,67 last year, raised over $4.9 Million since 1999. 100% of money raised went to Embrace Kids Foundation.

Ryan Sheehan
Ryan Sheehan

Coordinated by Parsippany High School Class of 2012 graduate Ryan Sheehan, and Class of 2016 Rutgers, he is the of Captain of Theta Delta Chi’s Dance Marathon Team.

Hundreds of families in New Jersey and thousands nationwide are confronted each year with the terrible news that their child has cancer, sickle cell disease or some other serious disorder.

Embrace Kids Foundation offers unique programs and services that deliver a comprehensive and compassionate method of delivering care to families when they need it most.  Embrace Kids Foundation exists to lighten the burden and improve the quality of life for children with cancer, sickle cell and other serious disorders in the New Jersey/New York City metropolitan area


Rutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) is the largest, student-run philanthropic event in New Jersey. RUDM’s mission is to provide emotional and financial support for children who are a part of Embrace Kids Foundation. RUDM participants dance to help raise funds and awareness that goes towards Embrace Kids Foundation’s mission to support the non-medical needs of children with cancer, sickle cell, and other serious disorders.

Ankur Choski a participant in 2015 Dance Marathon said “It’s a great organization and it helped me meet amazing people that were all for an amazing cause. This year by allowing dancers from one of two opportunities to dance at the marathon, Dance Marathon has expanded to new and better heights, they have shown that Dance Marathon is more inclusive of the entire Rutgers community and it is more flexible with my schedule.”

cancer1RUDM is not limited to one weekend in Spring. It is a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness for children with cancer and blood disorders. Children and their families who are a part of Embrace Kids Foundation are paired with fraternities, sororities, and organizations across Rutgers University. The pairing ensures children and their families have a support system at the University, and feel as they are a part of the Rutgers community.

For more information on the Dance Marathon, click here.

Rutgers University Dance Marathon is not just another event at the University. It’s a tradition that has far-reaching effects into the community. It’s a tradition that brings the Rutgers community together. It’s a tradition that benefits a marvelous cause. It is a tradition that we hope you take part in.

Rutgers University Dance Marathon is located at 11 Bartlett Street, New Brunswick.