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Jan. 14, 2005

ISU Torch Relay, Dance Marathon To Support Children's Hospital of Iowa

Students from Iowa State University will once again relay a torch from Iowa City to Ames to help launch their eighth annual Dance Marathon.

Runners from the ISU Dance Marathon Executive Council and the ISU Runners' High Club will begin carrying the torch when they leave for the first leg of their relay at noon Monday, Jan. 17, from the entrance to the John Pappajohn Pavilion at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The torch's arrival in Ames will help launch the opening ceremony of the ISU Dance Marathon one week later. Participants in the ISU Dance Marathon will dance to help patients and families receiving care at Children's Hospital of Iowa in UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City during their annual event at the ISU Memorial Union Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Organizers report they have registered more than 530 dancers for this year's Dance Marathon. Each dancer must raise $175 in pledges in order to participate. Approximately 200 family members whose children have received care at Children's Hospital of Iowa are also scheduled to attend the event.

The dancers will move to the beat of tunes from the ISU Dance Marathon DJ, the Hip Hop Dance Club, Ballroom Dance Club and Dazy Head Mazy Band. Organizers point out that although their motto for this year's ISU Dance Marathon is "Give a day. Change a life," ISU students have also held other fundraising events throughout the year, including a family day at the local Chuck E. Cheese restaurant and a mini-dance marathon at South East Polk High School.

Proceeds of the ISU Dance Marathon will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network. Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. Funds raised in an area stay in that same area to benefit the local children's hospital. Donations enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and help 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 nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. To date, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.3 billion for children's hospitals. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Miracle Network funds support Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Children's Hospital of Iowa is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 130,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

If you would like more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum, Michelle Altmaier or Lacy Carroll at 319-335-8484. You can also learn more online at www.uihealthcare.com.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.