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Bethanie Johnson and twin sister Marleigh make for a rambunctious set of “terrible twos.” They pitter-patter through puddles, bang household pots and pants, and color outside the lines — all while sporting an impish grin.
Waiting in a sort of limbo between the little kids and the college-age captains and dancers are Dance Marathon’s teenagers, who might feel a bit out of place at the 24-hour “Big Event.”
A 15 percent chance of survival. That is what Lauren Ballard’s doctors told her parents after her second relapse in 2011.
Technically, she has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer. But at only 2 years old, she fights with a fire that gives hope to those around her.
Jamie Lono, a former contestant on “The Voice,” will headline the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon event on Friday.
Tears start to form as Tracy Koranda recounts her son’s funeral on a sunny day in December 1998.
From the lush trimmed greens of a golf course to natural skin products to the pinnacle of family traditions — a cookbook — Dance Marathon families demonstrate that it’s not only students clad with green T-shirts raising money.
Hands flailing in the air, flashing lights dancing through the room, a mass of dancers thumping in rhythm to the pulsating music — the Dance Marathon DJs see it all.
Eight years after her first year dancing, Courtney Cook is becoming involved in the University of Iowa Dance Marathon once again. This time, however, she’s bringing a photo booth with her.
While the mental aspect of wrestling challenges others, Dillyn uses his medical history to his advantage.
The University of Iowa Dance Marathon has raised more than $11.2 million since 1995.