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Release: Feb. 4, 2002
Dance Marathon raises $519,000 for Children's Hospital of Iowa
University of Iowa Dance Marathon 2002 organizers announced that last Friday's
24-hour fund-raising event netted roughly $519,990 in monies that will be
used to support more than 200 families of those treated at the Children's
Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics. More than 900 students gathered
Friday evening at the Iowa Memorial Union for this year's event compared to
850 who participated last year. This year's total surpassed the $504,000 raised
Jason Krause, UI student and Dance Marathon public relations director, said
organizers did not set a monetary goal for the eighth annual event, which
has raised more than $2 million. In honor of the contributions of Dance Marathon,
Children's Hospital administrators last Tuesday dedicated a new Dance Marathon
Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, which is expected to open early
Other money raised in previous years by Dance Marathon has been used to
fund Child Life Therapists, college scholarships for family members attending
the UI, and to purchase comfort kits for families and to assist with patients'
hospital bills, Krause said. The group is hopeful that it will be able to
support other renovations to the pediatric units at the Children's Hospital
in future years, he said.
Krause credits his fellow students who each needed to raise $375, excluding
a $25 registration fee, for making the event a success. Krause added that
morale visits by UI men's basketball and dance teams lifted dancers' spirits
as did the live bands Steel Drum, Nadas and MER. Corporations such as Wellmark
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, and Geico Direct made significant financial
contributions, he said.
The UI Dance Marathon creates special projects to provide emotional and
financial support to families treated at the Children's Hospital of Iowa at
the UIHC, with an emphasis on the Division of Hematology/Oncology.