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CONTACT: KJIRSTEN SMITH
University of Iowa Dance Marathon
145 Iowa Memorial Union
(319) 353-2094

Release: Immediate

UI Dance Marathon, KRNA plan 28-hour Rock-A-Thon

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On Dec. 10-11 the University of Iowa Dance Marathon and its radio sponsor, KRNA, will be holding a 28-hour Rock-A-Thon to raise money for children with cancer.

Beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, KRNA's Morning Rock Jocks -- Kevin "The RedDog" Redding, Mike "Captain Winkey" Dwyer, and Jessica Dol -- will begin a 28-hour rock marathon broadcasting from KRNA's Iowa City station as well as several two-hour, live remotes sponsored by various businesses. Hourly sponsorships will also add to the event, which will conclude at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

Listeners are invited to participate in "You Pay, We Play." For a donation of $20, KRNA will play requests. All proceeds go to Dance Marathon, a student-run philanthropy established with the mission of aiding the Children's Hospital of Iowa at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in their fight to enhance the lives of children and families facing childhood cancer.

Throughout the 28 hours of KRNA's Rock-A-Thon, Dance Marathon families, nurses, executive council members, morale team members, and dancers will all be on hand to support the KRNA staff. Interviews will also take place over the course of the marathon. At 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, Dance Marathon volunteers will be on hand at the KRNA station to perform the "morale dance" to kick off the event. All cameras are welcome at that time.

12/7/98