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Release: Nov. 25, 2002

ISU Dance Marathon raises $118,000 for Children's Miracle Network

Iowa State University students raised $118,000 during their Dance Marathon Nov. 16 to help injured and ill children receiving care at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

More than 800 dancers, patients family members and volunteers participated in the 15-hour annual event in the Lied Recreation Center on the ISU campus. Students danced to the live music of Tripping Billies and Saved By Zero interspersed with personal stories of hope and healing from patients and their families.

"We do this because of those families," said Shelley Smith, ISU Dance Marathon co-director. "We are here to help them, and I can't tell you how much inspiration we receive from them."

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.

Dance Marathon organizers added new feature for this year's event. The Torch Run helped to kick off the dancing in dramatic fashion. Members of the ISU Dance Marathon executive committee ran a special torch from Children's Hospital of Iowa in Iowa City to Ames to 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.

With headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit 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 UI 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.

If you would like 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 Children's Hospital of Iowa online at

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