Update: The 2007 Dance Marathon on Feb. 2-3 raised a record $880,903.13.
It’s not just the music that gets them moving. University of Iowa students who take to the floor at this year’s Dance Marathon know their footwork raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for young cancer patients and their families.
Support from the UI Dance Marathon is more than financial. From amusement park excursions and care packages to friendships and emotional connections, this dynamic student organization strives to improve the quality of life for children fighting cancer.
More than 700 Dance Marathon volunteers each year commit to raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, a fund-raising partner to Children’s Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Throughout the year, these devoted students hold fund-raisers, educate the community about pediatric cancer, and forge personal ties with children affected by the disease.
The year’s effort culminates in an annual event —this year held Feb. 2–3—when students dance for 24 hours to raise money, bring attention to the cause, and show their support for the children and families receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Iowa.
Now in its 13th year, Dance Marathon is one of the largest of the more than 400 student organizations on the University of Iowa campus and one of the largest Children’s Miracle Network dance marathons in the country. Since the first UI Dance Marathon in 1995, students have raised nearly $4.5 million.
These dollars help finance UI clinical services and research, outfit pediatric hospital rooms, provide college scholarships for former patients, and cover medical expenses. The funding and friendship generated by Dance Marathon volunteers support children and families when they need it most.