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April 28, 2008

UI Dance Marathon details allocation of funds

Leaders of the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Allocations Committee today announced they have allocated a total of $526,657 for spring 2008.

The committee approved initial allocation of $20,000 to the Pharmacy Co-pay Program that will pay up to $1,000 to help with the cost of the medicine associated with pediatric cancer.

Brian Martin, family relations director, said, "This program will help cover the co-pay costs that Dance Marathon families would normally have to pay out of pocket for medications and drugs. Some families have gone home with only enough medications for a short time, and with this program we can make sure our kids are getting the right medicine regardless of financial status."

Dance Marathon will also fund the purchase cost of $32,500 for a Vein Viewer that uses near-infrared light and other technologies to illuminate veins in "real time." The technology helps remove the guesswork in finding a vein, thus alleviating the pain of multiple needle sticks for patients.

The "Dancing In Our Hearts" fund also received an allocation of $100,000. In the situation that a child passes away, Dance Marathon will help support some of the family's financial burden of memorial and funeral costs.

An additional contribution of $5,500 this year will aid the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. Dance Marathon will help fund the renovation of the 20-plus-year-old playroom for the families that stay there throughout the year.

For a complete list of Dance Marathon allocated projects visit http://www.dancemarathon.org.

Dance Marathon is a unique student philanthropic organization because the student leaders in the organization help decide how the money will be donated. The Dance Marathon Allocations Committee consists of three equal voting groups: student members, UI Children's Hospital staff, and university and community representatives.

UI Dance Marathon works to create special projects to provide emotional and financial support to families treated at UI Children's Hospital with an emphasis on pediatric cancer. Throughout the past 14 years, UI Dance Marathon has raised more than $6.5 million to help children and their families who are battling cancer.

University of Iowa Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout the region. A 190-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, UI Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, IA  52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rebecca Schwartz, 630-772-7362, Dm.medrel@gmail.com; Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu; Writer: Rebecca Schwartz