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April 26, 2006

Loras College Dance Marathon Exceeds Goal

Students at Loras College in Dubuque raised $37,127 during their second Dance Marathon event April 14 to benefit patients and their families at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

Jim Collins, president of Loras College, attended the event -- part of the Children's Miracle Network -- and helped encourage the dancers. "I was very impressed with these young leaders and their commitment to this very important cause," Collins said. "We can all be very proud of them and the legacy they have helped create."

More than 120 students danced for 12 hours beginning at 8 p.m. A total of 15 families from the Dubuque area whose children were treated at UI Children's Hospital also attended. Each dancer paid a $25 entry fee and raised at least $75 through writing letters and other forms of fundraising.

Alicia Mireles, Loras College Dance Marathon chairperson, added, "It was an exhausting, challenging experience, but the patients and their families helped motivate us to keep going, and I know that our students will be very excited to dance again next year."

Last year, the Loras College Dance Marathon raised more than $23,000. Proceeds fund the vending machine program at UI Children's Hospital. For every child who stays the night in the hospital, his or her family receives two tokens for use in special vending machines that dispense nutritious meals, reducing the cost of the family's hospital stay.

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. Children's Miracle Network's hallmark is that locally generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local children's hospital. Children's Miracle Network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

UI Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout Iowa. A 165-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

For more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Michelle Altmaier at 319-335-9003. You can also learn more about Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Iowa 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,