The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 8, 2013

Dance Marathon raising funds for research

The Clinton Herald

---- — I am writing to tell you about an organization I am dedicated to that supports children and their families battling Pediatric Cancer at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Each day, 46 kiddos are diagnosed with cancer and I am involved in Dance Marathon at the University of Iowa, because I want to help make a difference.

This is my second year involved with Dance Marathon, and this year is Dance Marathon’s 20th year on campus. I am so especially excited this year because I am a Morale Captain Assistant and a Family Representative.

Dance Marathon is by far my favorite organization and I am so honored to be able to say that I am a leadership member. These kids fight hard every day of their lives and just want to live a normal life; they have made a huge impact on me and I can only hope that I will make an impact on them. I have been involved with the kiddos so much since I’ve been a part of Dance Marathon.

I have done walking group with the kid families staying at the hospital; I have canned to raise money at football tailgates, and attended many events for the families and kiddos. The most recent event I attended was a family picnic for the families. We played a ton of games and made all sorts of things, just spending the day having some fun at Upper City Park. These are just a few of the many things we do with these amazing kiddos.

What is Dance Marathon?Dance Marathon is one of the largest student-run organizations at the University of Iowa. Over the past 19 years, Dance Marathon has raised more than $12.7 million to benefit over 600 families who have been treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit. All year long, I have been busy partaking in events to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer.

On Feb. 7 and 8, 2014, the year culminates with the 24-hour big event to celebrate the children’s fight against cancer and remember those who have lost their battle. I will not sit, have caffeine, or sleep all in honor of these courageous children battling pediatric cancer. This is my second year in Dance Marathon, and what can I say, I’m in love. Dance Marathon is something that grabs you by the heart and never lets go.

Why you should donate Dance Marathon provides:

1. Emotional and financial support for families and patients in the cancer unit

2. Educational resources for diagnosed children

3. Comfort Kits containing parking voucher, gas voucher and meal voucher plus other care items for families

4. Child Life Assistants to aid in the holistic treatment of the patients

5. Technology in patient rooms such as flat panel TV’s, DVD players, Play Station IIs and laptops

6. Several family events throughout the year

In September 2011, UIDM pledged a gift of $5 million over the next 10 years toward the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. In recognition of the gift, the 11th floor of the new state-of-the-art hospital will be named “The University of Iowa Dance Marathon Pediatric Cancer Center.” Your donation could help fund future projects like this one and the others listed above.

How to donateDonate online: Visit my personal donation page and click the “Donate Now” button.

Send a check: You can also send checks to me. Please make checks payable to UI Dance Marathon and include my name in the memo section.

My address:

Emily Arvola

100 Hillcrest Rm H454

Iowa City, IA 52242

With your help, I can reach my goal to raise over $2,000 for children with cancer. Whether it’s one dollar or a million dollars, it makes a difference.

Emily Arvola,

Clinton native