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University of Iowa News Release

April 14, 2006

Loras College To Hold Its First Dance Marathon

Loras College will hold its first Dance Marathon April 22-23 to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

College students will seek pledges to stay awake and dance throughout the Dance Marathon beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, and ending at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 23.

"We are very excited to be planning our first Dance Marathon," said Maria Koeppel, Loras College Dance Marathon chairperson. "We are truly looking forward to our first experience with this very special event."

Loras College will be the third college in Iowa to participate in this fundraiser, along with Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. 

This event is being coordinated as part of the Lead 4 Loras program, an initiative designed to provide ongoing leadership development and support to students. One aspect of this program focuses specifically on the foundations of philanthropy and citizenship.

"We decided that the Dance Marathon fits perfectly with these foundations," said Kimberly Walsh, director of Student Life at Loras College and adviser to Dance Marathon. "We are delighted to have this opportunity to help support patients and their families at Children's Hospital of Iowa."

Students will be seeking donations through April 22. For more information, please contact the Loras College Dance Marathon office at 563-588-7004. For more information about the efforts of Dance Marathon visit

Headquartered 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. 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 140,000 children receive care at 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 or Michelle Altmaier at 319-335-8484. You can also learn more about Children's Miracle Network and 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

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