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Student altruism represented in Dance Marathon

Hope was alive and well last weekend. It even was on the move, thanks to some amazing University of Iowa students. They helped ensure that this year’s Dance Marathon raised a record-setting $1,220,146 pledged for pediatric-oncology and bone-marrow-transplant patients and their families at the UI Children’s Hospital.

What’s even more incredible is that it was UI students who originally helped set this “Big Event” in motion 17 years ago, in conjunction with the Children’s Miracle Network. Thanks to their big idea — and some extremely dedicated Iowa students who’ve followed in their footsteps — our university has been able to provide vital emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families for almost two decades. In fact, Dance Marathon has raised $9,839,313 since its inception in 1994.

These impressive numbers are certainly something worth celebrating. Congratulations to this year’s Dance Marathon dancers and leadership team.

These students represent just a sampling of the selfless volunteers on campus. Whether dancing for kids with cancer, building Habitat houses, or providing health services for people in underdeveloped nations, UI students are proving that a passion for philanthropy still moves our newest generation of leaders. We at the UI Foundation invite students and others interested in the power of service to become friends with “Phil,” — short for “Phil Anthropy” — on Facebook to receive daily postings about how philanthropy can transform our campus and community.

Through Dance Marathon and other campus fundraising and volunteer service initiatives, UI students experience the joys of giving back and paying forward. They’ll carry those life lessons with them beyond graduation and into the lives and successful careers they’ll create. This is the hope we all need for a brighter future, and it comes from our remarkable UI community.

Lynette L. Marshall
president and CEO
University of Iowa Foundation

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