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Dear Dance Marathon Visitor and Supporter,

For 24 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 University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Every project we execute makes an impact, 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, 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 1st and 2nd, 2019. This past year was the 24th annual Dance Marathon in which we were able to raise over $3 million for our kids and families that we support. Over our 24 year history, we have raised a grand total of $24,548,224.34 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, able-bodied 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 chooses a Morale Group, through which they meet fellow dancers and receive information and details on how to fundraise and get more involved.

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@gmail.com. UIDM strives to create a positive, philanthropic environment that benefits every member involved. As the organization continues to grow, every individual touched by the University of Iowa Dance Marathon in our 25th year will understand their worth and how they can shape their impact.

Always for the kids,

Charlie Ellis

Executive Director, Dance Marathon 25

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.


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