WHO WE ARE
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.
Our year of fundraising concludes with the Big Event in March each year where we announce our fundraising total to be given to the 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.
"TOGETHER WE WILL ALWAYS SUCCEED"
WHO WE SUPPORT
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 $135 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 $5 billion dollars have been raised for these hospitals.
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.