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Young boy leaves his legacy in Dance Marathon and the world

Portrait of the Cold family in Hubbard Commons of IMU taken at 4:30 PM at Hubbard Common of IMU.

Alexandra Skores, News Reporter

February 1, 2019

“Mommy, I want to be a little boy forever.” Christmas 2012 brought one lasting memory for Pam Codd and her family as 5-year-old son Dashiell Maccabee Codd hugged her close with his brand-new teddy bear. All he had wanted for Christmas that year was a teddy bear, Codd said, and her son’s sweet, ...

Group brings Dance Marathon to the kids at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Patients and volunteers do the 'Hawkeye Wave' in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital during Dance Marathon 25 on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Rylee Wilson, News Reporter

February 2, 2019

For some children affected by pediatric cancer, attending University of Iowa Dance Marathon’s Big Event is not possible due to a weakened immune system or other medical issues. For these kids and their families, Dance Marathon’s hospital committee throws a mini-Dance Marathon during the Big Event, ...

Horne family values continued support from Dance Marathon

The Horne Family is seen after leaving the main ballroom. This is their eighth year and eighth time being at Dance Marathon. The walked on stage during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday Feb 1, 2019 (Michael Guhin/The Daily Iowan)

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

February 2, 2019

At the age of 7, Josh Horne was diagnosed with leukemia, beginning his family’s eight year involvement with Dance Marathon. After Josh was diagnosed, the Horne family became impacted by the charity DM provides, and “it's changed our lives since then,” Josh said. Through the years of their ...

Iowa football’s Paulsen brothers lose their locks at Dance Marathon

Landan (left) and Levi Paulsen (right) get a trim during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019. After Landan's girlfriend Alexis Henry raised over $10,000 for the Big Event, the twins committed to losing their locks.

Andy Mitchell, News Reporter

February 2, 2019

As the clock struck 4 a.m., the razors and scissors came out for the tradition of Dance Marathon’s “Short Hair, Don’t Care” event. Hawkeyes waved goodbye to their heads full of hair for a good cause. Eighteen students took to the main stage to have their hair cut in front of a cheering crowd....

Dancers lip-sync battle it out at Dance Marathon

The Men of Morale perform in the lip synch battle during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday Feb 1, 2019.

Annie Fitzpatrick, News Reporter

February 2, 2019

University of Iowa students battled it out at the 25th anniversary of Dance Marathon early Saturday morning with a lip-sync battle that would rival any real performance. The lip-sync battle, held in the IMU Main Lounge, was one of the many events offered to participants at Dance Marathon’s Big E...

Photos: Dancing in our hearts room

Ally Holtan (far right) and her friends in Dance Marathon view the memorial to the children who passed away in the Dancing In Our Hearts room of the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday Feb. 1, 2019.

Michael Guhin, Photographer

February 2, 2019

Dancers, families remember children in memorial room

Jessica Dang (left) and Katie Williams (right) look at a memorial board in the Dancing In Our Hearts room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The room is dedicated to the children who passed away from cancer and attended Dance Marathon. The girls viewed this board on Friday Feb. 1, 2019.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

February 2, 2019

In a room away from all the loud music and excitement, there is a memorial for the children who have lost their battle with cancer. The soft sound of piano and flowing water from a fountain sets the mood for remembrance. The Dancing in Our Hearts room is lined with posters covered in pictures and memor...

Lanferman family participates in UIDM to give back

The Lanferman Family is seen after leaving the main ballroom. The family has been to Dance Marathon 2 years previously, and their son was diagnosed with cancer 11 years ago. There name was announced on stage during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday Feb 1, 2019.

Kate Pixley, News Reporter

February 1, 2019

Deana and Jeremy Lanferman’s oldest son, Flynn, is 14 now. He was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer and went through three relapses and three bone marrow transplants. Flynn’s last bone marrow transplant was two and a half years ago. “He’s doing really good,” Deana, his m...

UIDM 25 is underway at the IMU

Dancers wait before the start of Dace Marathon 25 on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

Kate Pixley, News Reporter

February 1, 2019

With over 2,800 dancers, 300 leaders, 950 families, and 600 volunteers, the 25th University of Iowa Dance Marathon has officially kicked off. Charlie Ellis, the executive director of Dance Marathon, said that the Dance Marathon team worked to make sure that the Big Event appealed to all different ...

UI Dance Marathon celebrates 25th anniversary

Dancin' the night away at Dance Marathon 2000.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

January 30, 2019

University of Iowa students have packed themselves into the IMU Main Lounge to dance their hearts out “for the kids” each year for the last 25 years. The first Dance Marathon raised $31,000 to support 26 families. Last year, Dance Marathon 24 raised a record-breaking $3 million for the kids in th...