Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon kicks off at the IMU.

Shannon Faulkner, of Dublin, was one of more than 2,800 University of Iowa students who participated in the school’s 26th annual student-led Dance Marathon, which raised more than $2.8 million for the university’s Stead Family Children's Hospital.

During the dance marathon, dancers stayed on their feet for 24 hours – from 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 – to show their support for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Over the years, Dance Marathon, the university’s largest student organization, has raised more than $30 million for the children’s hospital. Dance Marathon funds projects to provide emotional and financial support to families treated at the children's hospital, with an emphasis on pediatric cancer and bone marrow transplant patients. In addition to raising money, the annual dance marathon celebrates the lives of cancer survivors and recognizes those lost to the disease.