Dear Dance Marathon Visitor and Supporter,
Standing 12 floors high, the brand new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital will grab your attention as you drive into Iowa City. After breaking ground in 2012, the hospital opened its doors to children from across the globe in 2017. This hospital is a testament to our mission as an organization: the University of Iowa Dance Marathon creates and sustains special projects to provide emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. After making a 10 year, $5 million pledge to the new building, the 11th floor was named the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Pediatric Cancer Center. This project is just one of the many we are able to make because of our incredible student leaders, partners, and sponsors.
If you are unfamiliar with Dance Marathon, we are the largest student organization at the University of Iowa and the third largest Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon of over 300 across the nation. Our organization is a year-round endeavor, hosting many events each month including family events, fundraising and Dancer events, and our Big Event, which will take place February 2nd and 3rd, 2018. This past year was the 23rd annual Dance Marathon in which we were able to raise over $2.5 million for our kids and families that we support. Over our 23 year history, we have raised a grand total of $21,537,211.10 all For The Kids (FTK)!
The Big Event is a 24-hour Dance Marathon where students come together to celebrate the children survivors, remember the children who have passed away, and to fight to defeat pediatric cancer. At the Big Event, our Dancers, Leadership Members, and, most importantly, our DM families assemble in the Iowa Memorial Union for 24 straight hours that includes live entertainment, DJs, numerous activities, and speeches given by our DM families at the top of every hour. During the Big Event, Dancers may not sit, sleep, or drink caffeine in order to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Additionally, in order to participate in the Big Event, Dancers are required to raise a minimum of $500, but we strongly encourage them to go above and beyond that number FTK! Each Dancer is assigned a Morale Group, through which they meet fellow dancers and receive information and details on how to fundraise and get more involved.
If you have any questions about how to get involved please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always for the kids,
Executive Director, Dance Marathon 24
Mission Statement: With open arms and empathetic hearts, we will provide endless hope and support to our kiddos and families through confidence in our passion that will embrace challenges, consistently push limits, and foster innovation. Our color alone will give the kids a reason to smile as we create new reasons to celebrate the united efforts of Dance Marathon 24.