Written By: Makenzie Pick


The Big Event gets a lot of attention, and rightly so. It’s the culmination of all the hard work and dedication we have all put towards Dance Marathon over the year. It’s a time to celebrate and dance for and with the kids we are working so hard to help. But Dance Marathon is more than a 24-hour dance party.


For the last twenty years students at the University of Iowa have been working year round for Dance Marathon. From going to minis to putting on family events to playing with the kiddos, DM students work day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer as well as their families.


FTK (for the kids) is a way of life around Dance Marathon. Everything we do is to help them laugh, heal, grow and enjoy life as much as possible. The money UIDM raises is a huge part of the support we provide, but the emotional support is equally important. The families and the kids appreciate having familiar faces around the hospital that are there solely to interact with them and help them in any way possible.


Dance Marathon is such a successful student org. because students believe in what they are doing and want to make a difference. Each day is an opportunity for us to make a kiddo smile, to offer the parents a night out or to give the siblings someone to play with. The students involved in DM take those opportunities and provide financially as well as emotionally for the kiddos and their families each and every day.


So as we all enjoy the Big Event in February, remember it’s the little things as well as the big things that make Dance Marathon such a successful impactful student organization. Every day DM makes a difference, and every day is FTK. 



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