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Release: Nov. 11, 2002

Iowa State University Dance Marathon to benefit Children's Miracle Network

Iowa State University students will boogie the day and night away during their Dance Marathon on Nov. 16 to help injured and ill children receiving care at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 dancers, volunteers and committee members to participate in the annual event in the Lied Recreation Center on the ISU campus. The 2001 ISU Dance Marathon raised approximately $125,000.

All proceeds from the ISU Dance Marathon benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Dance Marathon is ISU's largest student-run philanthropic event. Dance Marathons that also benefit Children's Miracle Network are held annually on the campuses of the University of Iowa and Drake University.

ISU Dance Marathon organizers hosted a special event Oct. 13 to help support their cause. The first ever "Children's Gala: An Evening of Hope for Better Tomorrows" featured the Children's Miracle Network 2002 Iowa Miracle Child, Bridget Miller of Nevada, Iowa. Supporters contributed more than $800 to help care for patients at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

Dance Marathon planners have also added another new feature for this year's event. The Torch Run will help kickoff the dancing in dramatic fashion. Members of the ISU Dance Marathon Executive Committee will travel to Iowa City Tuesday, Nov. 12. They will meet the family of Abigail Naeve of Runnells, Iowa, at 12:30 p.m. at the West Entrance of the John Pappajohn Pavilion. Abby is a one-year-old heart transplant patient, and one of the children that ISU students will be dancing to support. The Naeve family will light the torch for the students to carry as they relay it by foot to Ames. The torch will travel north to Cedar Rapids and then west along Highway 30 until it arrives at the Lied Center on the ISU campus Nov. 16 to help officially open Dance Marathon.

Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. All of the funds raised in an area stay in that same area to benefit the local children's hospital. Donations are used to enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and purchase the sophisticated pediatric health care equipment necessary to care for critically ill and injured children.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. To date, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2 billion for children's hospitals, including $229 million in 2001 alone. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

For more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum-Waters or Michelle Altmaier at (319) 335-8484, or Tom Klaus at (515) 989-5217. You can also learn more about Children's Miracle Network and the Children's Hospital of Iowa online at

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