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University of Iowa Dance Marathon

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Our Mission

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon creates and sustains special projects to provide emotional and financial support and services for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.


DM 26 Big Event

The 24-hour Big Event for Dance Marathon 26 will be held February 7th- 8th 2020. At the event, participants come together to celebrate the lives of the kids who have fought, or are currently fighting pediatric cancer. The main lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union fills with thousands of excited dancers and supporters wearing bright colored shirts who are ready to dance, sing, and make the most of their 24 hours! Participants will go without caffeine, sitting, or sleeping (if able) for the full 24 hours to show our support for the families at the Stead Family Children’s hospital.

The event kicks off with each Dance Marathon family introduced on stage and ends with a tote board reveal of the final amount raised for the hospital during the year! Dancing isn’t the only activity for participants in between these two events, as most of the other spaces in the IMU are utilized for activities such as silent disco, crafts, family meeting time, movies, games, guest performers, and much more!

Whether you are attending the Big Event as a dancer, volunteer, alumni, or sponsor, you will experience firsthand the tremendous impact you have on our Dance Marathon families. If you have the chance to attend this incredible event, get ready for an unforgettable experience celebrating the lives of our brave kiddos!


We have raised $27,508,627.59 for the kids!

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The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is a student organization that provides year-round support to youth cancer patients and their families. The Big Event is a 24-hour Dance Marathon where students assemble to celebrate the children survivors and remember the children who have passed away throughout the year. Dancers remain standing (if able) for the full 24 hours with no caffeine allowed! This year the Big Event is February 7-8, 2020. Please continue through the site to find more information about our activities and events. Thank you.