The University of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon strives to provide hope and comfort for families with children facing life threatening illnesses by raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s and hosting events that heighten student and community awareness. Join us in the fight against life-threatening childhood illnesses and injuries.

OUR MISSION

UNI Dance Marathon is a student run organization that raises money for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network. Throughout the year, all money that is raised through UNI Dance Marathon is put toward supporting four areas at the hospital; research, education, equipment and enhancements.

HEAR OUR STORY

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital first opened in 1919 and since then has helped countless children with crisis of traumatic injury and life-threatening illness, from birth defects to developmental disabilities. While we provide financial support to the hospital, our organization also provides emotional support to the families affected by childhood illnesses and injuries.

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WHO WE SUPPORT

MIRACLE FAMILIES

Since our creation in 2011, our mission has always been to put our families at the center of everything we do. Over the years, more families have allowed us to become a part of their lives and walk alongside them, no matter what they are going through. We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about who we are, what we do, and who we fight for.

UNI DANCE MARATHON IS 1 OF 17

MIRACLE NETWORK DANCE MARATHON

PROGRAMS IN THE STATE OF IOWA

OTHER IOWA PROGRAMS

University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Grand View University, Kirkwood Community College, Drake University, Central College, Simpson College, Loras College, Mount Mercy University, Clarke University, Luther College, Wartburg College, St. Ambrose University, Coe College, North High School

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER AWARD

The Governor's Volunteer Award program provides an easy way to honor the dedicated people who volunteer their time and talent to help an agency or organization deliver on its mission.

 

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2013
UNI PROGRAM
OF
DISTINCTION

This award is designed to recognize significant achievements by student organizations in the planning and implementation of programs.

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2013 - 2014
UNI STUDENT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

This award is designed to recognize a student organization that has exemplified excellence among its peers by contributing to the UNI community and fulfilling the mission of the organization.

 

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2013 - 2015
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

We received this certificate in honor of our support of the American Cancer Society, and our dedication to creating a world without cancer.

2015
CMN DM BEST DIGITAL MEDIA AWARD

The Digital Media Award recognizes a dance marathon organization that best utilizes digital media to bring the mission of their organization to life, whether it be to highlight a campaign, educate and engage their audiences, or tell a story.

2015 - 2016
IOWA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

We received this certificate from the Iowa House of Representatives for raising $453,278.06 for the kids in 2017.

2017
CEDAR VALLEY CHARACTER COUNTS AWARD

Character Counts is a national ethics program for young people based on six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

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2017
CMN DM
MIRACLE MAKER AWARD

The Miracle Maker Awards recognize the Dance Marathon programs that had the highest combined monetary and percentage increases in their overall fundraising over the previous year.

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2018 - 2019