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Dance Marathon pops off for an electric finale

Dancers participate during the Power Hour at Dance Marathon at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (James Year/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

During Power Hour, the home stretch of Dance Marathon, the day was cranked up to 11. Executive Director Alex Linden took the stage to give one last speech to the dancers before Power Hour began. “No matter how much time is left, give it your all,” Linden said. “Love Dance Marathon more than ...

Dance Marathon recognizes contributors’ efforts ‘For The Kids’

Mary Peterson presents awards for biggest individual fundraising efforts during UI Dance Marathon 24 inside the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Marissa Payne, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

All across the country and the campus, Dance Marathon is “For the Kids.” University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld kicked off the Dance Marathon 24 awards ceremony to recognize students’ contributions to children with pediatric cancer while standing alongside his wife and with his grandchildren...

Video: Short Hair, Don’t Care

Orson Codd has his head shaved during Dance Marathon at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Codd said he shaved his head because he wanted to

February 3, 2018

Dance Marathon. A place full of festive action and excitement for its members. The activity Short Hair, Don’t Care pushes the event’s uniqueness to the next level. It is an ongoing tradition for members to donate locks or their entire head of hair so that it may be used to create wigs for thos...

Kiddos don caps and gowns to celebrate five years’ cancer free

Friends share emotional hug as they take the stage together for graduation during UI Dance Marathon 24 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics employees entered the IMU Main Lounge in sweeping purple graduation robes as cheers from the audience filled the space. Soon after, the graduates marched into the room through the center aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance” and climbed the stairs to the mai...

First aid providers: the unsung heroes of Dance Marathon 24

Medical staff work inside the First Aid Center during UI Dance Marathon 24 inside IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

Down on the ground floor of the IMU, tucked away from all the festivities is an essential part of the Dance Marathon machine, the first aid clinic. Mason Umphreys, EMT with UI Emergency Medical Services, runs the show of volunteer nursing students, fellow EMTs, doctors, and other staffers to provide ...

Merchandise table makes money for the cause

Participants walk to information tables during UI Dance Marathon 24 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Brooklyn Draisey, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

The Dance Marathon merchandise table has changed quite a bit for the better for this year’s Big Event, and the funds reflect that. The merchandise table features different T-shirts, hats, socks, and other items, all made to represent Dance Marathon. The money made from selling the merchandi...

Kids showcased talents on the Big Event stage

Molly and Joseph Burken perform during UI Dance Marathon 24 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Joseph was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 5. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

Brother and sister took the stage in black and white costumes to dance their hearts out to Disturbed’s “The Sound of Silence” as part of an act in the Limelight Kiddo Talent show on the afternoon of Feb. 3. Joseph Burken was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 5. Later, he’ll walk across t...

Dance Marathon goes green

Waste bins are seen during Dance Marathon 24 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Lily Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

On a campus going greener, Dance Marathon is not forgetting about sustainability. This year, Dance Marathon takes its first step in a three-year plan to make the event more sustainable as well as other events around it. To do so, Dance Marathon has cut down on paper usage and chose a more sus...

Ballerd family celebrate being cancer-free at Dance Marathon’s Big Event

A participant heads into the Family Room on the 3rd floor of the IMU during at Dance Marathon on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (James Year/The Daily Iowan)

Brooklyn Draisey, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

Dance Marathon’s 24th Big Event is the Ballerd family’s eighth, and 11-year-old Lauren has been cancer free for six of them. Sarah Ballerd and her two daughters, Lauren and Cammi, 5, of Bettendorf have attended the Big Event since 2010. Lauren clarified that Bettendorf is also in the United Sta...

Cars-theme refueling station keeps dancers awake with snacks, meals

Flo's Cafe is seen at Dance Marathon in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

Weary from dancing all night long, dancers made pit stops at the snack tables and for meals to refuel early on the morning of Feb. 3. At the snack shop near the north end of the IMU, dancers stopped to choose from a plethora of carbohydrates and sugary snacks, including dry cereal, granola bars...

Sparkles sparks a surge of morale for Dance Marathon

The Hawkeye Sparkles perform during hour 13at Dance Marathon in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Lily Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

In the early hours of the morning halfway through Dance Marathon, Hawkeye Sparkles took to the main stage to get the dancers going again with good cheer as the members have years prior. Hawkeye Sparkles is a special cheer organization that was formed to include students with disabilities. The cheer g...

Iowa City salon gives dancers and patients new dos

Morale Captain Assistants give participants back massages at the 24th Annual Dance Marathon put on by the University of Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Matthew Finley/The Daily Iowan)

Brooklyn Draisey, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

A local salon has partnered with Dance Marathon to give both dancers and kids new looks. Thompson and Co. Salon & Parlor came to Dance Marathon’s Big Event to help dancers donate hair that will be turned into wigs for children with cancer. At the event, called Short Hair Don’t Care, dancers and...