Dear Dance Marathon Visitor and Supporter,
For 28 years, the University of Iowa Dance Marathon has embodied the mission of creating and sustaining 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. Every project we fund changes lives, but some highlights are the $5 million pledge to the 11th floor of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital that was named the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Pediatric Cancer Center and a $2 million pledge to establish the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Chair in Pediatric Oncology, Clinical and Translational Research. These projects are just some of the many we are able to make because of our incredible student leaders, partners, donors, sponsors, friends, and supporters.
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 4th and 5th, 2022. This past year was the 27th annual Dance Marathon in which we were able to raise over $1.4 million for our kids and families that we support despite the challenges of a virtual year. Over our 27 year history, we have raised a grand total of $31,810,826.12 all for the kids and families we support!
The Big Event is 24-hours where students come together to celebrate the children survivors, remember the children who have passed away, and support those currently battling pediatric cancer in order to find a cure. The Big Event connects Dancers, Leadership Members, and most importantly, Dance Marathon families to hear family stories, remember kiddos Dancing in our Hearts, and commemorate the year’s efforts. Additionally, in order to participate in the Big Event, Dancers are required to reach their fundraising minimum but we strongly encourage Dancers to go above and beyond their goals, all in support of our kids and families!
In Dance Marathon’s 28th year, we hope to provide endless hope to our kiddos, families, community, and anyone touched by pediatric cancer. Dance Marathon is only able to make the impact it does through the connections we make and the stories we share. Alongside our continued emotional and financial support, this year, a larger focus will be directed to advocate for all families affected by pediatric cancer and educate on why Dance Marathon has chosen to focus our efforts on pediatric cancer. Our Dance Marathon 28 team will continue to put the families at the forefront of our mission to provide the support that they deserve.
The University of Iowa Dance Marathon welcomes and celebrates diversity in race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class/status, physical/mental health, and ability, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of any category that deprives a person of consideration as an individual and the right to be human. If requiring any special accommodations in order to participate in our mission and our events, please contact DM-Executive@uiowa.edu. UIDM strives to create a positive, philanthropic environment that benefits every member involved. As the organization has been inspired and motivated by its resilient families for 28 years, this year we vow to provide hope for all of those touched by our mission.
Striving To Do More,
Executive Director, Dance Marathon 28
Mission Statement: 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.