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Perky cheers kids on at Dance Marathon

Perky, the University of Iowa Children's Hospital mascot stands in front of the audience during Dance Marathon 24 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Jan. 28, 2018. Dance Marathon raises money for pediatric cancer research. (Katina Zentz/The Daily Iowan)

February 2, 2018

Brooklyn Draisey [email protected] Everyone knows the University of Iowa’s favorite mascot, Herky, but there’s another moscot who’s a little softer. Perky is the official mascot of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and Herky’s cousin, created to be a more g...

Dance Marathon Quilts and Pillowcases: Survivors honored and kids remembered

Quilts are seen hanging from the balcony in the ballroom during Dance Marathon 24 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Jan. 28, 2018. Dance Marathon raises money for pediatric cancer research. (Katina Zentz/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

February 2, 2018

More than 900 pillowcases line the walls of the IMU ballroom for each Dance Marathon kid. Each pillowcase was designed and decorated by family representatives who remain in contact with the family throughout the year. Two quilts draped over the balcony of the main lounge embroidered with 220 names ...

Dance Marathon’s all-ages family rooms for breaking from dancing

Children play in the Cars theme room in the second floor ballroomduring dance Marathon 24 on Friday Feb. 2, 2018. Dance Marathon raises money for pediatric cancer research. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, [email protected]

February 2, 2018

Once again, Dance Marathon provides a quiet corner for parents and kids to decompress from the hectic, energetic atmosphere. This year’s theme is Pixar’s Cars, and as such, the IMU has been designed with a variety of Cars-theme decorations and activities. Kenzie Kennedy, one of Dance Marathon’s family pr...

Morale captains pump up the crowd for the night

Morale captains pump up the crowd for the night

Brooklyn Draisey, [email protected]

February 2, 2018

An impassioned group of dancers performs every hour to keep up morale throughout Dance Marathon’s Big Event. In front of hundreds of yelling, dancing, and cheering people, the Dance Marathon morale captains performed a complicated and spectacular dance, mashing up popular songs into a fun medley aime...

As the clock strikes 7, Dance Marathon begins

Dancers prepare the kick off of dance marathon in the IMU on Friday, Jan. 2, 2018. (Nick Rohlman/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

February 2, 2018

Anticipation mounted as dancers and families milled around the IMU first floor moments before the Dance Marathon Big Event, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Three first-time freshman dancers sat cross-legged on the floor of the Hubbard Commons before they needed to stand all night long. None o...

Dance Marathon 24 fights cancer with lime and love

Dancers sing and dance to the song during power hour of the 23rd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The final total raised was $2,572,130.23. (The Daily Iowan/ Alex Kroeze)

Jordan Prochnow, [email protected]

February 2, 2018

The IMU will be taken over by lime, laughter, and love this evening and Saturday. These 24 hours are for the Dance Marathon’s annual Big Event, a culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and fundraising for childhood cancer research. This year’s event, with a Disney movie Cars theme, marks ...

Dance Marathon volunteer to graduate five years cancer free

Melissa Trepa, a junior at the University of Iowa, poses for a portrait in front of the Stead Family Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Trepa, a survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma, celebrated her fifth year in remission this past October. She is participating in the UI Dance Marathon for the third year in a row, this weekend. (Matthew Finley/The Daily Iowan)

Maria Kuiper, [email protected]

February 1, 2018

Dance Marathon’s Big Event is special for dancers and survivors, but one student happens to identify as both. University of Iowa junior Melissa Trepa will “graduate” Feb. 3, which will be her third time dancing at Dance Marathon’s Big Event as she celebrates five years of no cancer. “Whe...

Dance Marathon fixated more on event’s importance rather than reaching a donation goal

UI Dance Marathon representatives Madison Woodfine, Alex Linden, and Dylan Lloyd stand inside the IMU main ballroom on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Woodfine is the UIDM Event Director, Linden is the Executive Director, and Lloyd is the Moral Director. UIDM is one of the largest of the nationwide Dance Marathon event. Indiana and Florida host the top sports for most dollars raised in the country. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Christopher Borro, [email protected]

January 30, 2018

Board members of the 24th-annual University of Iowa Dance Marathon say they chose not to set a goal in donations this year to avoid overshadowing the spirit and importance of the Big Event. The 22nd UI Dance Marathon in 2016 met its goal of $2.4 million for its cause of helping find cures for pediatr...

Dance Marathon makes lime the new black as Big Event approaches

FILE - A Dance Marathon family member carries an FTK sign during the first hour of the Big Event in the IMU on Feb. 6, 2015. This is Dance Marathon's 21st Big Event at UI. (The Daily Iowan/file)

Jordan Prochnow, [email protected]

October 30, 2017

While Halloween is approaching, and black and orange are rapidly covering the campus, the color green was seen everywhere last week to honor Lime Days. Dance Marathon held a series of daily events to motivate dancers, raise awareness for the organization, and celebrate being 100 days away from the Big Eve...

UI Children’s Hospital patients walk the runway in style for Dance Marathon

Volunteers and participants in the UI Dance Marathon Kiddo Fashion Show walk the runway at the IMU on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan)

Grace Lynn Keller, [email protected]

October 30, 2017

The kids of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital rocked the runway Sunday afternoon at Dance Marathon’s Runway of Hope Kiddo Fashion Show. The fashion show, which took place at the IMU, featured hospital patients, siblings, and friends as models. All the funds raised will go to...

After the dance, allocation begins

Dance Marathon Morale Captains run onto the stage during the 1st hour of the 23 Dance Marathon on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (The Daily Iowan/ James Year)

February 7, 2017

By Sarah Stortz [email protected] After months of preparation and hard work, Dance Marathon 23 concluded this past weekend, raising a grand total of $2,572,130.23. Once the money is gathered, the donations will be used to benefit children undergoing treatment at the University of Iowa Stead Family ...

Fighting the good fight

Fighting the good fight

February 6, 2017 By Elianna Novitch [email protected] “Dance Marathon has never been, and will never be about, what that number says but instead what that number means and what that number does,” Dance Marathon Executive Director Morgan Kennedy said. Throughout the 24 hou...