CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Jan. 31, 2003
UI Dance Marathon to Benefit Patients of Children's Hospital of Iowa
University of Iowa students will dance the day and night away during their
9th annual Dance Marathon Feb. 7-8 to help injured and ill children receiving
care at Children's Hospital of Iowa. The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb.
7 and concludes at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 dancers, volunteers and committee
members to participate in the annual event in the Iowa Memorial Union on the
UI campus. The 2002 UI Dance Marathon raised nearly $520,000.
The mission of UI Dance Marathon is to provide financial and emotional support
through special projects to families served by Children's Hospital of Iowa
at UI Hospitals and Clinics with an emphasis on pediatric oncology.
UI Dance Marathon is the largest Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon
organization in the United States and is the UI's largest student-run philanthropic
event. UI Dance Marathon has raised more than $2.2 million in its first eight
years of existence. Iowa State University also hosts an annual Dance Marathon
that benefits Children's Miracle Network. UI Dance Marathon is affiliated
locally with the Children's Miracle Network.
Children's Miracle Network is the nations largest charitable organization.
All of the funds raised in an area stay in that same area to benefit the local
children's hospital. Donations are used to enhance the quality of patients'
hospital stays, support research and 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
non-profit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs
to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United
States and Canada. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television
stations and more than 135 radio stations.
Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the
state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 100,000 children receive
care at Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach
clinics each year.
For more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network
cause, contact Lisa Baum-Waters or Michelle Altmaier at (319) 335-8484, or
Tom Klaus at (515) 989-5217. You can also learn more about Children's Miracle
Network and Children's Hospital of Iowa online at www.uihealthcare.com.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and
research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at