UNI Dance Marathon is a student run organization on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa 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.
Our year of fundraising concludes with our Big Event in late February or early March each year where we announce our fundraising total to be donated to the children's hospital.
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.
The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital was started in 1919 and since then has helped countless children with traumatic injuries and life-threatening illnesses, to birth defects, chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities to general health promotion and well child care. The staff includes more than 140 physicians and surgeons as well as 500 professional nurses specializing in pediatrics. The staff also includes child life therapists, pediatric pharmacists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, and other pediatric professionals. The UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital includes 193 beds with more than 165,000 clinic visits a year and 6,000 inpatient admissions. In the fall of 2012, The UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital broke ground on their new facility that is located just a few steps from the existing hospital. It has 14 floors and will be a place to help families be safe and healthy at home, in school, and in the community. This new facility opened it's doors to the public on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement activating university and high school students at more than 300 schools across North America—all raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The year culminates with a 12-40 hour event (Dance Marathon) where students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in symbolic support of children served by their local CMN Hospital. More students participate in Miracle Network Dance Marathon than any other student-led philanthropy in the United States. Since its founding in 1991, this North American movement has raised more than $250 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The Children’s Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that was started in 1983 by Marie Osmond and her family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake as a televised fundraiser to raise money for Children’s Hospitals. Their two goals were to help as many children as possible by raising funds, and to keep that money in the community in which it was raised. Today there are over 170 children’s hospitals that are supported by the Children’s Miracle Network in North America and as of 2016 more than $7 billion dollars have been raised for these hospitals.
EVERY DAY, CMN HOSPITALS TREAT:
Babies In NICU
Kids For Surgeries
Kids With Cancer
Kids With Diabetes
Kids With Trauma
UNI DM THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
UNI Dance Marathon has been helping children with life threatening illnesses and injuries since 2012, giving financial and emotional support to hundreds of families across Iowa. Since the beginning, we have raised a total of $3,189,324 for University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital! Each year UNI Dance Marathon continues to grow and make a larger impact on our families across Iowa.