My Dance Marathon Giving Page

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My Dance Marathon Giving Page

What is Dance Marathon?

Dance Marathon is one of the largest student-run organizations at the University of Iowa. Over the past 20 years, Dance Marathon has raised almost 13 million dollars to benefit over 400 families who have been treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit. During my third year at the University of Iowa, I have been busy partaking in events to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer. On February 7th and 8th, Dance Marathon culminates with the 24-hour BIG Event to celebrate the children’s fight against cancer and remember those who have lost their battle. During the 24 hours, I will not sit, have caffeine, or sleep, all in honor of these courageous kiddos battling pediatric cancer.

Why You Should Donate

Dance Marathon provides:

  1. Emotional and financial support for families and patients in the cancer unit
  2. Educational resources for diagnosed children
  3. Comfort Kits containing parking voucher, gas voucher, and meal voucher plus other care items for families
  4. Child Life Assistants to aid in the holistic treatment of the patients
  5. Technology in patient rooms such as flat screen TV’s, DVD players, Play Station 2’s, and laptops
  6. Several fun family events throughout the year

In February 2010, Dance Marathon, pledged five million dollars over the next seven years to the building of the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, and now, four years later, grounds have officially been “broken.” When completed in March of 2016, the new Children’s Hospital will be a great center of growth and aid for the state of Iowa. Through the five million dollar donation, Dance Marathon has the honor of the eleventh floor being named “The University of Iowa Dance Marathon Pediatric Cancer Center.” Dance Marathon is excited to see what wonderful things will come out of the hospital, both for the Dance Marathon families and the children of the entire state. 

My Connection with and Journey in Dance Marathon

When I started with Dance Marathon my freshman year of college, I got involved because I loved kids and it was a huge organization to get into and meet new people. Then, my Grandpa Bob had a cancer relapse, and my work for DM took on a whole new meaning. He passed away that Winter, so my experience at that Big Event was an emotional one, and I shed more than a few tears as I took part in memorial services in remembrance of my Grandpa. With the physical and emotional strain, and without a whole lot of friends with me, I almost wasn’t able to make it through the Big Event, and had to spend some time in the first aid room. But my family sent me support via messages and phone calls, and I was able to get back on my feet in time to cut my hair and donate it to Locks of Love, get some visits from friends, and dance through power hour. The experience really changed my life. 

The next year, I was determined to get more involved, and get my friends into it. I became a Family Representative , which means that I got to write letters of correspondence and support to one of the families helped by DM. I raised over $500 dollars that year, and had one of my best friends at the Big Event with me. We had a great time meeting and playing with the family our group was dancing for. 

This year will be another emotional Big Event for me, because we lost my Great Grandpa Chuck to lung cancer this holiday season. He was an important patriarch in my family, and we miss him very much. With his loss and a lot of other things going on in my life this past semester, I wasn’t able to get as much fundraising done as I would have liked, and now I’m scrambling to make enough to get to the Big Event–we need at least $400 each. I can’t imagine not dancing in honor of the family I’ve lost, or even the family I’ve watched fight and survive (we have a lot of those too), but I need help! 

How to Donate

It’s easy! If you can, please visit my Online Giving Page. It’s the easiest and quickest way to donate. If you can’t donate at this time, or would like to help in another way, please consider sharing this link on your various social media platforms. Everything helps! THANK YOU!

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Helloooooooo world! It’s mighty fine to see you. Thanks for stopping by!

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The above blurry photo is me, and this is my new blog. This isn’t my first venture into the blogging world, but I hope it will be my most successful (one summer I was on a really big healthy living kick and started a blog to record my efforts. I quit writing like I wanted to, and it died).

I’m a Junior this year at the University of Iowa, and I had a really rough time this past semester. With the New Year approaching, and with enough time during the Winter Break to reflect, plan, ponder my existence, yadda yadda, I’ve been thinking that I really want to try to get back into the habit of journaling to help me deal with life and stuff. I’m hoping that if I use the blog format, I’ll be more inclined to keep writing! Plus, I’d love to have a more personal space to share recipes, photos, education-related things, college-related things, queer life-related things, and the like, and have it all compiled in one nicely-organized spot.

And hopefully, someone out there will read it, enjoy it, and maybe get something out of it!

I know this first post has been a ramble, but I hope you’ll come back. I’m setting a small goal for myself to start with at least one post per week focusing on a different topic each time, so there will be plenty of new material coming!

Thanks for reading!

-Savannah