DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College Dance Marathon raised $216,180 for the Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, an increase over last year. The student-led event has raised more than $1.8 million for the Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network since it began 12 years ago.
More than 250 dancers, 150 miracle family members, and countless alumni, volunteers, and corporate sponsors took part in the daylong event on April 28.
“This year’s theme was give the world a reason to dance,” said junior Abigail Oldham, a main organizer of the event. “This meant that helping kiddos and their families going through unimaginable circumstances doesn’t stop here in Dubuque or even the United States. Together we can make a difference.”
Miracle families involved in the event shared experiences of having a child receive care at the Children’s Hospital each hour of the 12-hour marathon. Some of the hours were also dedicated to “miracle angels,” children who lost their battle with an illness.
Individual participants collected donations, attended mini-marathons held at area schools, received corporate donations, and participated in several student-organized events, to raise funds throughout the year. The event served as a reward for the students work, and a reveal of their final fundraising total.
In March, Loras College Dance Marathon made a verbal promise Friday to raise $500,000 during the next two years to benefit family-centered services at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, in Iowa City.
Services include Just-in-Time patient-and-family-centered projects, patient and family partnerships, Child Life Program support, patient library materials/services, family lounge services, family suite housing, and patient-and-family-centered enrichment, awareness and promotion.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.