Dance Marathon 2019 has come and gone, and it was absolutely amazing. Dance Marathon is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America. Iowa State’s Dance Marathon raises money that goes directly to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and helps children there every single day.
This year was extra special, though, because we began funding for the brand new neonatal hemodynamics program at the hospital! This program is the first of its kind in the United States and it’s so cool to think that it’s starting right here in Iowa! The neonatal hemodynamics program will be training physicians and giving them tools that they need to successfully care for babies in the NICU. For premature babies, heart issues are a major concern that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible or the baby may not survive, and that is why this program is so important.
Part of our funding went towards hemodynamic towers which allow doctors to monitor babies’ hearts 24/7. These towers will also help decrease miscommunication between everyone that helps care for the baby and allow them to have the best care possible.
Even though this year’s main event has already passed, Dance Marathon is constantly working year-round to raise money for the kiddos! They not only start planning the big event, but also have smaller events and fundraisers throughout the year. If you’re interested even a little bit I HIGHLY recommend joining the team! Being a committee member was the most amazing experience and so much fun! But if you don’t want that much commitment you can always join as a dancer. Dancers raise money and show up to the big event (that usually occurs in late January.)
If you have any questions or want to join as either a committee member or a dancer feel free to reach out to me (or any committee member). It’s an amazing experience for an even better cause that you don’t want to miss out on!