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5k For The Kids

The annual 5K For The Kids will take place over Homecoming weekend on Saturday, November 14! This year's Homecoming Donut Run 5K is a new spin on our annual race. In partnership with Hope's Alumni and Family Development Office. Come run, walk and enjoy a new donut every mile while you support the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital — it’s all for the kids. Register today!

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Cookout at Teusink's Pony Farm with Miracle Families

The Miracle Families join Dream Team, Designated Group Representatives (DGRs) and the Family Relations Committee at Teusink’s Pony Farm in Holland for a cook-out, hayride and petting farm to celebrate the fall and get to know one another.

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Miracle Family Christmas Party

Every December, Miracle Families, Dream Team, DGRs and the Family Relations Committee come together for a Christmas Party. The party includes crafts, conversation, food, pictures and sometimes even a visit from Santa!

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Miracle Family Ice Skating Party

In January or February, Miracle Families join Dream Team, DGRs and the Family Relations Committee at the ice rink for a time of fun, fellowship and food.

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Miracle Silent Auction

The annual Miracle Silent Auction at JP’s Coffee and Espresso Bar features gift baskets, food, goods, activities, homemade crafts and gift certificates — all donated by our generous local businesses and individuals in the Holland and Zeeland community. All proceeds from the auction go to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

West Ottawa High School Mini-Marathon

Hope’s first Mini-Marathon was started at West Ottawa High School in 2013. West Ottawa’s Mini-Marathon is a 6-hour dance-a-thon structured similarly to Hope’s 24-hour dance-a-thon. Hope College Dream Team members serve as advisors to the high school mini-marathon leadership team. Since 2013, the Mini-Marathon has grown tremendously in size and has raised over $70,000 in just four years.


Zeeland East High School held their first Mini-Marathon in 2017. Zeeland’s Mini-Marathon is also a 6-hour dance-a-thon, with activities and miracle family speakers sprinkled throughout the evening. Students in the Zeeland East Senate work with Hope College Dream Team members to plan and coordinate the event details. In their first year, the students raised over $9,000.

Interested in hosting a mini-marathon for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital at your high school? Contact dmminimarathon@hope.edu.

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Miracle Week

Two weeks before Dance Marathon, the campus becomes better informed about Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In the past, Miracle Week has included:

  • Hospital speakers on campus
  • Miracle Monday, when Hope raised over $17,000 for the 17th year of Dance Marathon
  • A Miracle Family speaking in Chapel
  • Dancer meetings
  • Additional fundraisers

Blitz Week

Blitz Week is the final week of fundraising leading up to Dance Marathon. The week will consist of fundraisers at local restaurants, the semi-annual pasta dinner in the Kletz, final announcements and meetings in preparation for the main event.

Dance Marathon

This is the main event! This is Hope College’s 24-hour dance-a-thon on March 10-11, 2017. Dancers are on their feet for 24 hours as a gesture of solidarity with the children and families they support. Miracle Families, moralers, staff, faculty, alumni and community members all come together to support Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital throughout the event. The event consists of continued fundraising, performances, speakers, the Miracle Families sharing their stories, and plenty of dancing and other activities. Sign-up now to be a dancer or moraler! 

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