With the help of donors, dancers and more, Loras College Dance Marathon (LCDM) has raised over $2 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.


LCDM is a yearlong, student-run organization dedicated to fundraising for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital located in Iowa City. In addition to the many fundraisers held throughout the academic year, the organization hosted its culminating spring event, where hundreds of Duhawks showed their support by dancing and participating in our annual dance marathon.

Thank you to everyone who made this year possible and successful. We know this year was not ideal, however we are so proud of every dancer, team member, and person who has made a difference in a kiddos life. Because of Loras College Dance Marathon, we we were able to celebrate in person while social distancing. All our hard work has helped us to fund 150 birthdays. We are extremely proud of all we've accomplished FOR THE KIDS this year!

A Heartfelt Thank You To All Our Sponsors for Supporting Loras College Dance Marathon and The University of Iowa Children’s Miracle Network.

About Loras Dance Marathon

What is Loras College DM? Loras College Dance Marathon is a student-led organization that raises funds for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The programs we fund help to create a little bit of normalcy for the kids and their families in the hospital. This normalcy (the smiles, the games, the comfort, etc.) is what we call “making miracles.” Loras College Dance Marathon celebrates its year-long miracle making efforts with a 12 hour event filled with dancing, activities, and miracle families. While our efforts benefit all kiddos at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, we are connected with 51 miracle families in the Dubuque community who we aim to make smile. You can make these connections by clicking here.

Our annual celebration is held traditionally in April from 12 pm-12 am in the Loras College Alumni Campus Center. Join the movement as a dancer by visiting our donor drive website, or contact dance.marathon@loras.edu. to volunteer at the event. Take direct action in making miracles here!

What we fund:

Patient-and-Family-Centered Services
LCDM is committed to providing an environment that matches the quality of care being delivered at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. This quality of care is met through services such as: family suite housing; patient library materials/services; child life program support; family lounge coffee service; patient and family partnerships; enrichment, awareness and promotion; and just-in-time projects. Learn more about these services here.

  • Vending Machines: Each child in the hospital receives two tokens daily to use in any Loras College DM vending machine in the hospital. 
  • Room of Magic: On weekends, a wing of the hospital is transformed into a movie theater where the kiddos and their families can go enjoy a movie and concessions, forgetting they are even in the hospital!
  • CarePages: Loras College DM pays for the website rights for any pediatric patient at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital to have a page where they can blog to families and friends on progress.
  • Beads of Bravery: Any child that is undergoing long term treatment at the hospital receives beads of bravery. They receive a bead for each test, procedure, shot, etc. that he/she receives through their treatment. 
  • Anytime CPR Kits: A take home kit that teaches care givers how to give CPR to their child.
  • NICU & PICU Comfort Kits: Pizza, continental breakfast, gas cards, etc. for the families who have kids in both the NICU and PICU.

We are continuously adding events, so please visit this section frequently!

Events TBA

For questions, please email us at dance.marathon@loras.edu.




How do I help make miracles?
Take on a role as a dancer, delegate, sponsor, or donor by visiting our CMN website at:
URL Link available in early fall

Why should I join Dance Marathon?
When you join a Dance Marathon program, you show children and parents inflicted by illness or injury that they are not alone. Through Dance Marathon funded programs and services, physical and emotional wellbeing of children is increased. You are able to see the positive impact you have on families by being a dancer and being FTK (for the kids).

Not only do you have an impact on amazing families, but you enhance your Loras College experience by connecting with other students and improving your leadership experience. Dance Marathon is the largest organization on campus.

Do I have to raise money?
To ensure you experience all Dance Marathon has to offer, you must create a fundraising goal. If you meet the minimum goal, you will be able to stay on your feet the full 12 hours with other Loras students and miracle families.

How do I meet my goal/make miracles?
Making miracles is simple! When you join the movement, you will be given 10 letters to send to families and friends- all you have to do is address the letters, and we’ll take care of the rest. You may also try posting on social media, attending fundraisers, emailing, texting… tap in to your creative side. Contact dance.marathon@loras.edu for tips and tricks to make miracles.

Do I have to dance?
Loras College Dance Marathon is more than dancing. You will be taught a group dance, but you can look forward to games, kiddos, contests, prizes, family stories and much more!

Is Dance Marathon just one day a year?
Dance Marathon hosts family events, social activities and fundraising events to build up to the main event on April 27th. Check out our “Events” page to learn more.

Who are the families that Dance Marathon supports?

The families LCDM supports are all children receiving treatments in Iowa City at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and their families, especially those in Dubuque and the surrounding areas.

Who can I contact for more information?
Loras College Dance Marathon Advisor

THANK YOU to Our Generous Sponsors

The Generosity of our Sponsors Touches and Impacts So Many Lives. THANK YOU

Platinum Sponsors ($1,000+)

Absolute Music
Loras Student Union
Loras Network of Dubuque
Weitz Signs

Gold Sponsors ($500-$999)

Better Business Bureau
Dubuque Stamp & Manufacturing
Finnin Ford
Friedman Group
Sisters of the Presentation

Silver Sponsors ($250-$499)

Core Investments
Gooch’s Greenhouse
Nativity Church
Northwest Mutual

Bronze Sponsors ($150-$249)

Tandem Tire

Additional Sponsors

Fidelity Charitable
Grahams Men Store
Herbst Upholstery
Steel Mart

Questions? Let’s get in touch.

Please feel free to reach out to the phone number or email address below so our amazing staff may assist you.

Loras College Dance Marathon
1450 Alta Vista #348
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone:  563.588.7004
Fax:  563.557.4080

Social Media Connections:

Facebook: facebook.com/LorasCollegeDM
Twitter: @LorasCollegeDM
Instagram: @lorascollegedm
Snapchat: lorascollegedm