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 1,068 families that continue to touch our lives each and every day.
Our goal for this next year is to ensure that you not only experience financial support, but also the emotional support our organization strives to provide for your family through our programs inside and outside of the hospital. Once volunteering is allowed again, members of our Family Relations team will be on the 11th floor of the Stead Family Children's Hospital during the week to conduct activities. Until then, these volunteers are hosting Zoom volunteering to play games, watch movies, or just chat. Additionally, we have created the Dance Marathon Volunteers YouTube channel where we post multiple videos each week to engage your family.
Outside of the hospital, we typically host eight different Family Events throughout the year, hoping to bring all of our Dance Marathon families together with our organization to spend a fun-filled day. As of right now, we will be having 5 family events, but are continuing to work with venues around the state to provide additional programming to replace the events we have had to cancel. There will be more information is to come.
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.
We have dedicated this next year to ensure that your family’s needs, both before, during, and after treatment, will not go unsupported. No matter where you are at 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.
For The Kids Always,
Carly Witherell and Courtney Becker
Family Liaison Director and Hospital Liaison Director, Dance Marathon 27