Dear Dance Marathon Family,
We first want to say thank you. Thank you for joining our organization, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life, and thank you for inspiring our movement. You are one of over 1,215 families that continue to touch our lives each and every day.
DM 28 gave us the opportunity to have UIDM’s first full year of virtual programming while incorporating our incredible in-person family events. Our goal for DM 29 is to provide those experiences to you all again. We will ensure that you experience financial and emotional support that our organization strives to provide for your family both inside and outside of the hospital. We are overjoyed to share that members of the Family Relations team and Executive Council have returned to in person volunteering on the 11th floor of Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Volunteers spend the week 1 on 1 with patients doing activities, crafts, games, and playing. We are continuing our virtual programming of DM playtimes, DM parties, and Storytimes. These programs are broadcasted to the entire hospital on Zoom.
Outside of the hospital, we are planning to hold seven in person and virtual family events. We hope to bring all of our Dance Marathon families and DM members together to not only show our support, but foster an environment for unforgettable memories to be created. The future plans of these events are subject to change with the state of the pandemic, however, we plan to connect you all to Dance Marathon in the safest formats possible. There will be plenty of information to come! Please refer to your biweekly Family Liaison email for any updates.
If you would like to be more involved within Dance Marathon, joining the Family Representative Program allows your family to be paired with a Dance Marathon member to keep you informed about events while creating more personal relationships within our organization.
During DM29 we are dedicated to ensuring your family’s needs, both before, during, and after treatment, are supported. No matter where you are in your journey, we will always be right by your side. For any questions regarding Family Relations, please never hesitate to contact DM-FamilyLiaison@uiowa.edu.
Creating Tomorrow By Dancing Today,
Cat Miles and Amy Showers
Family Liaison Director and Hospital Liaison Director, Dance Marathon 29