Clarke University’s third annual Dance Marathon will be held on April 14, 2018, from 4 p.m. to midnight in the Robert & Ruth Kehl Center on the campus of Clarke University. Dancers will be on their feet for 8 hours throughout the event to benefit children battling diseases and to celebrate the lives of those who have won their battles.
Clarke University Dance Marathon is a student-run organization consisting of year-long fundraising by its participants. Funds raised assist in providing care and support for children and families being treated at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
All fundraising efforts directly benefits the “Miracle Families” of the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Funds raised go toward education, research, equipment, treatment, and other areas of hospital need. This helps to improve the quality of life for the children as well as their families, and it also provides opportunities for future research and treatments of illnesses.
Last year, Clarke’s Dance Marathon raised $14,772.07. In addition to raising money, the students participated in activities including laser tag, Zumba, bubble soccer, and Minute-to-Win-It games.
Student organizer and senior Samantha Aglin said, “The mission of Clarke University Dance Marathon is to raise awareness for pediatric illness. Our goal is to raise funds to provide our miracle children with adequate care, equipment, and research in hopes of a brighter and healthier future. We have a vision to one day find a cure for cancer and other pediatric illnesses so that all children can live to see more birthdays.”
To learn more about the Miracle Families, to donate, or register for the event, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.clarke.edu/campus-life/organizations-activities/student-organizations/dance-marathon/