By: Brie Pumilia (’14), Public Relations and Special Events Chair, Duhawk Dance Marathon
April 26, 2014 will mark the 9th Anniversary for Duhawk Dance Marathon, and those involved are working to make this its biggest year yet. Duhawk DM, which is part of the Children’s Miracle Network, is the largest student-run organization on campus and raises funds all year for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. All proceeds go directly to the kids receiving treatment from the hospital to try to create a little normalcy for them and their families during their stay.
Loras has received national recognition for its fundraising efforts. Sheila Baldwin, assistant vice president of development for University of Iowa Children’s Hospital says, “Loras College students have made an indelible mark on our pediatric patients and their families. In eight years, Loras College Dance Marathon has raised over $770,000 for UI Children’s Hospital, making it the number one-ranked Dance Marathon in the entire country for fundraising per student enrolled. Dollars raised by the Duhawks have funded many important programs at our children’s hospital, including our “Room of Magic” movie theater, CarePages online service, and continental breakfast for parents who are staying at their child’s side during treatment and recovery.”
Duhawk DM positively affects thousands of kids’ lives in the state of Iowa, including Loras alumni. Krista (Walsh) Weitz
,(’95) a Dance Marathon miracle mom, said “Since our daughter, Anna, was diagnosed with a rare cancer, I’ve been trying to intelligently tell people just how important Dance Marathon is to our family. I’ve yet to find the right words to express what DM has done for our family and thousands of other families in Iowa. DM is the reason it was okay to go to the hospital where lots of unpleasant things happened to my daughter because she knew all the wonderful things Dance Marathon provided. Many times when Anna was having a bad day, she received a card, a Carepages message or video from a Loras DM’er. She knew Duhawk DM cared about her and was there to support her. I guess what I am trying to say is DM truly lives up to FTK (For the Kids) every day for kids at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital!”
Duhawk DM raised an incredible $183, 912 this past year and has set its goal even higher this year at $200,000. It would not only be a momentous goal to reach, but it would also make Loras the first college with fewer than 2,000 students to raise that amount of money. On April 26, participants will be on their feet from 12PM-12AM celebrating their yearlong efforts with all of the families supported by Duhawk DM. If you would like to donate to the event you can follow this link, http://www.loras.edu/dm
The public is also invited to attend Dance Marathon’s culmination event on April 26. It’s going to be a big year of making miracles, and it’s all For the Kids!
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