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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 nation’s 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 www.uihealthcare.com.