ISU Dance Marathon donates $1 million to UI Children's Hospital


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The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital campaign received $1 million from Iowa State University’s Dance Marathon this past weekend.

According to a UI news release, over the last 15 years, the ISU Dance Marathon has raised more than $2 million in support of the 14-story, 195-bed Children’s Hospital.

“We raise funds for UI Children’s Hospital because we want to be able to help children from all around the state,” said Lisa Gestrine, an ISU graduate student and general co-director of ISU Dance Marathon, in a release. “This is my fifth year with ISU’s Dance Marathon. I do it because of the families. And I see the benefits they get and their gratitude for what we’re doing. That keeps me wanting to come back and be involved. It’s just because of the kids. They inspire me as much as I think we inspire them.”

In honor of the donation, a playroom inside the hospital will be named in recognition of ISU Dance Marathon.

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