For 25 years, the University of Iowa Dance Marathon has encompassed 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 the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Some philanthropic highlights that Dance Marathon has created are the following: $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, a $2 million pledge to establish the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Chair in Pediatric Oncology, Clinical and Translational Research and a $2.2 million pledge to fund the first ever "Dance Marathon Child Life Specialist" on the 11th floor of Stead Family Children's Hospital.
University of Iowa Dance Marathon (UIDM) is 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 fight against cancer. We host many events each month including family events, fundraising and Dancer events, and our Big Event, which will take place February 7th and 8th, 2020. This past year was the 25th annual Dance Marathon in which we were able to raise $2.96 million for our kids and families that we support. Over our 25 year history, we have raised a grand total of $27,508,627.59 all For The Kids (FTK)!
The Big Event is a 24-hour Dance Marathon where students, sponsors, families, donors and supporters join in community to celebrate the 990+ families who have been impacted by one of life's greatest foes - cancer. At this event, we celebrate pediatric cancer survivors, honor and remember the children who have passed away, and come together to fight alongside those who are currently battling cancer. As a community of 4,000+ people, we assemble in the Iowa Memorial Union for 24 straight hours that includes live entertainment, DJs, numerous activities, speeches given by our DM families at the top of every hour, and, of course, dancing! During the Big Event, able-bodied Dancers may not sit, sleep, or drink caffeine. This commitment shows thousands of brave families that they never need to fight alone. Additionally, in order to participate in the Big Event, Dancers are required to raise a minimum of $500; however we encourage each of our participants to push themselves beyond that number.
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 myself at firstname.lastname@example.org. UIDM strives to create a positive, philanthropic environment that benefits every member involved.
Executive Director, Dance Marathon 26
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.