Dancing for the Kids - UI Dance Marathon has a record-breaking year

For the third consecutive year, University of Iowa students raised more than $1 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families. This year’s total of $1,058,568 was the most ever raised by a single UI Dance Marathon. Over the past 16 years, UI Dance Marathon, which is the largest student-run philanthropic organization at the University, has raised more than $8.5 million to support pediatric oncology programs at UI Children’s Hospital.

More than 700 patients and family members cared for at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital joined more than 1,300 dancers at the Iowa Memorial Union on Feb. 5 and 6 for the 24-hour event. Along with the nonstop dancing and live musical performances, Dance Marathon featured a “graduation ceremony” for nine children entering their fifth year of remission from cancer.

“Dance Marathon is an incredible student organization and we are tremendously grateful for all the support they provide to UI Children’s Hospital,” says Michael Artman, the UI Children’s Hospital physician-in-chief. “The money they raise year after year helps us treat and care for hundreds of pediatric cancer patients and their families. But just as important is the emotional support these student volunteers provide to children and families dealing with cancer. The close and enduring relationships that develop produce immeasurable benefits.”

For more information about the UI Dance Marathon, visit www.uiowa.edu/~dancemar.

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