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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 19, 2006

UI Dance Marathon Students To Canvass Cedar Rapids And Marion Jan. 21

Enthusiastic University of Iowa Dance Marathon volunteers will go door to door in Cedar Rapids and Marion neighborhoods on Saturday, Jan. 21, to collect donations for children with cancer at Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

"Canning, or canvassing, is an idea that is central to the success of Dance Marathon efforts across the country," said entertainment chair Mary Hovda. "Our competition at Penn State University is so well organized that they travel to Washington, D.C. and New York City to 'can' for kids in Pennsylvania.

"We think a quick trip to Cedar Rapids will be convenient and important, as there are many children who are from the area treated at the hospital," Hovda added.

Dance Marathon at the UI began 11 years ago and has raised more than $4 million for pediatric oncology programs at the Children's Hospital of Iowa. The UI Dance Marathon is the largest Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon event west of the Mississippi River.

"We want everyone to know we are legitimate. Each volunteer will have a Dance Marathon identification and lanyard around his or her neck and can speak about the virtues of UI Dance Marathon," Hovda explained.

The canning volunteers will be active from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Jan. 21. For more information about the efforts of Dance Marathon, visit

The mission of UI Dance Marathon is to provide financial and emotional support through special projects to families served by Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics with an emphasis on pediatric oncology. UI Dance Marathon is the largest Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon organization in the United States and is the UI's largest student-run philanthropic event.

The Children's Miracle Network brought Dance Marathon to the UI in 1994. After a year of planning, the first UI Dance Marathon in 1995 raised $31,000 and sponsored 26 brave families. Since its first year, UI Dance Marathon has continued to grow in every way possible. The numbers of families, dancers, volunteers and alumni involved are increasing. Likewise, free-will donations, dancer pledges and corporate sponsorships have continued to rise. In 2000, the UI Dance Marathon hit a milestone when the cumulative dollar amount totaled more than $1 million. The 2005 UI Dance Marathon sponsored more than 220 families and 43 friends and raised more than $625,000.

Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. 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 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

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,