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University of Iowa News Release

April 30, 2004

UI Dance Marathon to Host Spring Event for Sponsored Families

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon will host a spring game day for families sponsored by Dance Marathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 at Planet X in Cedar Rapids.

Sponsored families are invited to come and visit with each other and Dance Marathon students. In addition to participating in activities offered at Planet X, families will be served a pizza and pop lunch.

"We are expecting around 200 family members," said Erin Northway, UI family programming director for Dance Marathon. "This is the first family event of the Dance Marathon 2005 group, and we are very excited."

Seasonal events, like the Planet X game day, provide students participating in Dance Marathon a unique opportunity to get to know the children and their families outside of a hospital setting.

UI Dance Marathon creates special projects to provide emotional and financial support to families treated by the Children's Hospital of Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, with an emphasis on the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, Program: Erin Northway, 319-430-7911,; Writer: Joseph Friedman, 563-543-0024,