Dear Dance Marathon Visitor and Supporter,

If you are unfamiliar with Dance Marathon, we are the largest student organization at the University of Iowa that provides year-round emotional and financial support to pediatric cancer patients and their families treated at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. 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 3rd and 4th 2017. This past year was the 22nd annual Dance Marathon in which we were able to raise over $2.4 million for our kids and families that we support. Over our 22 year history, we have raised a grand total of $18,965,080.67 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. 

Dance Marathon could not make such a great impact on our wonderful DM kids and families without the support from all of our donors. All donations truly do go straight to our Dance Marathon families, and we cannot thank everyone who has participated, donated, or supported DM in any way over the past 22 years enough. We are so excited for another amazing year of Dance Marathon, and we are so excited to have you on our team to defeat pediatric cancer. If you have any questions about how to get involved please do not hesitate to contact me at dm.executive@gmail.com.


Morgan Kennedy 
Executive Director, Dance Marathon 23

Mission Statement: 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.

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