A proclamation of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn officially made March 8 to 10, "Northwestern University Dance Marathon Weekend" in the state of Illinois.
Tom Stanton, Danny Did executive director and Danny's uncle, congratulated dancers for their support.
"For the last nine months, it's been an awesome ride," he told the cheering crowd. "Your love and support have changed our lives."
Wearing a plain white shirt with a black sketch of his nephew Danny, Tom capped off his speech with what he called "the immortal words of MC Hammer and Jerry Lou": "Turn this motha out."