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Annette Hacker, director,
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1-27-07

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Chris Deal and Julie Hunt, co-directors of Dance Marathon, (515) 294-2305

Students raise nearly $161,000 for children's hospital

Iowa State University students raised nearly $161,000 for an Iowa children's hospital during a 15-hour dance marathon at the ISU Memorial Union Jan. 20. That's $60,000 more than students raised during last year's event. The funds will go to the Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics through the Children's Miracle Networ.

Dancers at the marathon

More than 540 dancers participated in the marathon. Also attending the event were youngsters who have been patients at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and family members -- approximately 150 in all.

Dance marathon co-director Chris Deal said, "Once students arrived at Dance Marathon, they found out the real reason why we put so much time into this organization -- the unbelievable children from the hospital."

2-year old Suzie

One of those patients is 2-year-old Suzie Moorman, who is treated at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"For our family, ISU Dance Marathon is like Christmas," said Suzie's mother Heather Moorman. "It comes once a year and the girls can't wait to get their feet in the door. All of the dancers are remarkable and continue to amaze me from year to year. Their dedication to helping sick children, like my Suzie, touches my heart."

Each hour a family took the stage to share their story of care at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"The interaction between the students and families is what keeps us all coming back," said Julie Hunt, dance marathon co-director.

"Iowa State Dance Marathon is the campus's largest philanthropy," said Lisa Baum, director of the Children's Miracle Network. "These students are truly making miracles happen through the programs, technology and research they support at Children's Hospital of Iowa."

Each dancer must raise $175 in pledges in order to participate in the marathon.

A 175-bed "hospital within a hospital," Children's Hospital of Iowa benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. In addition, numerous pediatric outreach and satellite clinics provide primary and specialty care for children in communities throughout Iowa.

How ISU funds help

ISU Dance Marathon funds have provided programs such as massage therapy and neonatal and pediatric intensive care bereavement as well as an infant simulator for pediatric emergency medical training, and an ISU playroom and gait lab.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.

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"For our family ISU Dance Marathon is like Christmas. It comes once a year and the girls can't wait to get their feet in the door. All of the dancers are remarkable and continue to amaze me from year to year. Their dedication to helping sick children, like my Suzie, touches my heart."

Suzie Moorman, mother of 2-year-old Suzie