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Release: April 23, 2003

Augustana Students To Dance To Benefit Children's Hospital Of Iowa

Students at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. will dance the night away Friday, April 25 at their first Dance Marathon to support the Children's Miracle Network in the PepsiCo Recreation Center from 6 p.m. to midnight.

About 20 Quad City area families treated in Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, along with several hundred Augustana students, will dance for six hours to help raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. The evening's events include a carnival, swing dance lessons and skits performed by Children's Hospital of Iowa faculty, staff and families.

Executive director Laura Ferdinandt said the students have planned all year for the event and are excited to see everything come together Friday night. "The hours spent planning this event are made so worthwhile when you see the difference it makes in the children. The sparkle in their eyes and laughter in the air are very gratifying," Ferdinandt said.

Donations may be sent to: Kristen Douglass c/o Augustana Dance Marathon, 639 38th St., Rock Island, IL 61201-2296.

Dance Marathon is the nation's largest student-run philanthropy. Dance Marathon events that benefit the Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Iowa are held annually at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

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. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI 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.

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 the Children's Hospital of Iowa online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,