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About Dance Marathon

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University of Iowa Dance Marathon


The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is a student organization that creates and sustains special projects to provide emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. The organization is a year-round endeavor, hosting many events each month including family events, fundraising and Dancer events, and the Big Event, a 24-hour Dance Marathon where thousands of students assemble to celebrate the children survivors, remember the children who have passed away, and to fight to defeat pediatric cancer. This past year was the 27th Dance Marathon in which $1,422,443.27 was raised for the kids! In the 27 year history, UIDM has raised $31,810,826.12 all For The Kids (FTK)! Your support plays an integral part in our ability to provide for the inspiring kids and families. Learn more at


What Your Fundraising Can Provide!

  • $7 pays for a meal at the hospital

  • $9 pays for a Balloon Bouquet to celebrate important events: transplant day, birthday, end of treatment day, etc.

  • $11 pays for a “Cancer Fears Me” chemo cap

  • $20 pays for DVD’s and video games to fill the playrooms

  • $40 pays for a food and beverage cart for a grieving family

  • $50 pays for one DM family photoshoot at the Big Event to provide permanent family memories

  • $52 pays for one student’s tissue-typing, to see if they could be bone marrow donors

  • $75 pays for playtime activities in the hospital for 12 patients

  • $100 pays for a Gift Card for each family to purchase holiday gifts for their family

  • $100 pays a week worth of food for our families through the Ronald McDonald Food Pantry

  • $250 pays for a prepaid Visa gift card to help DM families with treatment costs (food, gas, parking, etc.)

  • $250 pays for a new wig for a child who has lost his/her hair

  • $300 pays for a hospital party for 15 patients

  • $326 pays for a sibling of a pediatric cancer patient to attend a summer camp

  • $425 pays for a pediatric cancer patient to attend summer camp

  • $467 pays for sperm collection, analysis, and freezing for one year, allowing males with cancer to ensure the option for reproduction in the future

  • $1,000 towards pharmacy medications for one year

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