Written By: Nicole Migacz

As you count down to the New Year, keep in mind Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon shows that hard work, passion, and a dedicated, caring group of people can reach unbelievable heights and especially when always striving to do better.

The first year of DM at the University of Iowa was in 1995 and $31,000 was the amount raised. By 1997 DM already broke into the 6 digits with $105,273.36. Numbers continued to increase every year and in 2008 DM raised over 1 million dollars! Last year we raised $1,529,650.19! DM has continued to grow every year with participants, supporters, and amount raised for the kiddos and their families.

Also remember DM when you are planning your goals for the year to come and your New Year’s resolutions. Your goals can involve a money amount to raise, number of other Dance Marathon members or families to start and grow relationships with, a leadership committee or executive position, running a DM 5k or even the marathon, to attend every DM event leading up and following the Big Event, etc.  Now for some motivation to bring in the New Year with a positive and go-getter attitudes, inspirational quotes:

“This bright New Year is given me

To live each day with zest

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!”

– William Arthur Ward


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” – E. Joseph Cossman


“Don’t lose hope. When the stars go down, the sun comes up.” – Unknown


“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” – Unknown


“If you have a strong commitment to your goals and dreams, if you wake up every day with a passion to do your job, everything is possible.” Chantal Petitclerc



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