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Feb. 8, 2010

Photo: CAPTION: Students dance it up at the UI 16th annual Dance Marathon Feb 5-6.
The 24-hour event raised more than $1 million for UI Children's Hospital's
pediatric cancer programs. (Photo credit: UI Dance Marathon)

UI Dance Marathon exceeds $1 million for third consecutive year

dance-marathonUniversity of Iowa students raised $1,058,658 during the 16th annual UI Dance Marathon that was held Feb. 5-6 at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus in Iowa City.

More than 700 patients and family members cared for at University of Iowa Children's Hospital joined more than 1,300 dancers for the 24-hour event.

"Dance Marathon is an incredible student organization and we are tremendously grateful for all the support they provide to UI Children's Hospital," said Michael Artman, M.D., physician-in-chief of UI Children's Hospital. "The money they raise year after year helps us treat and care for hundreds of pediatric cancer patients and their families. But just as important is the emotional support these student volunteers provide to children and families dealing with cancer. The close and enduring relationships that develop produce immeasurable benefits."

Along with the non-stop dancing and live musical performances, the event featured a "graduation ceremony" for nine children entering their fifth year of remission from cancer.

"The BIG Event was a successful celebration of all the hard work that so many people have put in over the past year," said Dance Marathon Executive Director Colette Forcier. "All of the families and dancers were able to come together to make the 24 hours an extremely successful and memorable event. The record-breaking total was truly incredible and we would like to thank everyone that made this miracle possible."

Over the past 16 years, UI Dance Marathon, which is the largest student-run philanthropic organization at the UI, has raised more than $8.5 million to support pediatric oncology programs at UI Children's Hospital.

More information about the UI Dance Marathon is available at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-356-7124,