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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 24, 2006

ISU Dance Marathon Benefits Patients At Children's Hospital Of Iowa

More than 530 dancers rocked the day away for 15 hours Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union at Iowa State University in Ames, raising $ll3,000 for Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City through Children's Miracle Network.

ISU Dance Marathon Director Cory Hanson called the total thrilling: "We worked hard to recruit and bring in dancers. Some people really don't get a feel for Dance Marathon until they meet the real reasons we've gathered...the precious kids from the hospital."

One of those patients, 16-year-old Kaleb Stebens of Davenport, has enjoyed all nine years of ISU's Dance Marathon. His rendition of "This Little Light of Mine" has long been an integral part of the final "power hour".

"His voice over the years has deepened and grown, but the result is the same. Everyone is moved by his story of being hit by a drunk-driving teenager who was afraid to stop. Kaleb was dragged over l00 feet. His initial brain injury was monumental but here he is, growing taller, still happy to be celebrated by Iowa State students," said Stephanie Stebens, Kaleb's mother.

Each hour a family took the stage to share their story of care at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"The interaction between the students and families is what keeps us all coming back," said Annon Woodin of Ames. "It's a safe environment for kids, and they are truly entertained and kept at the center of things for the whole l5 hours."

ISU President Gregory Geoffrey thanked the students for their special outreach to the families of Iowa.

"Iowa State Dance Marathon is the campus's largest philanthropy. More than l00 people volunteer year round to bring the event to its culmination in January," said Lisa Baum, director of Children's Miracle Network.

Each dancer must raise $175 in pledges in order to participate. Approximately 350 family members whose children have received care at Children's Hospital of Iowa attended the event.

Proceeds of the ISU Dance Marathon will be donated to Children's Miracle Network. 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 enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and help 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 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 $2.3 billion for children's hospitals. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Miracle Network funds support Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Children's Hospital of Iowa is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 140,000 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 or Michelle Altmaier or Morgan Rohrbach at 319-335-8484. You can also learn more 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

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