A good friend of mine called me out a few months back for a statement I said. I was running around our house trying to gather my things and when he asked me where I was heading, I responded with- “I have to go to a meeting for Dance Marathon.” He piped in with a statement that stopped me in my tracks and I have lived every day by since. He said to me, “You don’t have to, you get to.”
I don’t have to do Dance Marathon. I get to do it.
Change is hard. Some people welcome it and others have a difficult time adjusting to it. Over the past 5 years, UNI Dance Marathon has lived and breathed by this word. We are always looking to do bigger and better things than we have done in the past and the reality of striving for this is that change is inevitable.
We have to be willing to make changes in order to grow.
This summer, the executive team made a big decision that is going to impact our organization...
My name is Derek Klein and I graduated from UNI in 2014. My senior year at UNI, I served as the Director of Recruitment for UNI DM!
Why should people get involved with Dance Marathon?
As cliché as it sounds, it truly is a life-changing experience. You will never forget hearing the families present incredible stories about how their child has overcome cancer, how they have spent 11 out of the last 12 months at the children’s hospital in Iowa C...
People always ask me why I do Dance Marathon. They ask me why I take so much of my time and dedicate it to a position that I am not even paid for. They ask me why I am fundraising for a cause I am not affected by. They question my sanity. They question my heart. And they question why I care about DM so much more than I care about sleep.
Every single time somebody asks me these questions I respond with a simple answer, “Have you ever done DM?”
Why did you join Dance Marathon in the first place?
I joined Dance Marathon last year because I just felt like it was a way I could get involved while doing something that doesn't pertain to my major; it was the best decision I've made!
What made you want to be a morale captain this year?
I wanted to become a morale captain this year because last year the Big Event was so much fun and the morale captains were awesome! I just knew I wanted to get even more in...
UNI DM has 35 miracle kiddos but there are thousands more around the world who are dealing with sickness just like our kiddos. Every single one of them, all around the world, have one thing in common. They all have a zero hour. That second in time where everything changed and normal was no longer normal. For many families, it happened within the first few hours of their child’s birth when the doctor told the parents that their child wasn’t perfectly healthy. O...