Iowa State Dance Marathon

Iowa State Dance Marathon Iowa State University's Largest Student-Run Philanthropy. Raising money year round benefiting the children & families served by U of I Children's Hospital.
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Dance Marathon began at Penn State University in 1973. By 1977 it had a set length (48 hours) and was an annual benefit for the Four Diamonds at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center. Today “THON” is the biggest Dance Marathon in the United States and raises over $8 million annually for the Four Diamonds Fund. Much has changed since those days and many more Universities have adopted Dance Marathon as an organization within their community. While a few Dance Marathons still remain as independent organizations raising money for separate causes, many have partnered with Children’s Miracle Network. Every year Dance Marathons across the nation come together to be the largest donor to Children’s Miracle Network, donating more than $12 Million in 2010 alone. Iowa State Dance Marathon has been helping children with life threatening illnesses for 14 years, giving financial and emotional support to hundreds of families across Iowa. All of the money raised through our event is given directly to University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network. The first Dance Marathon at Iowa State was held in the spring of 1998. The event was sponsored by the Greek Interfraternity and Panhellenic Governing Councils. It was held in Beyer Hall and was only 10 hours long. The day was a great success and raised over $20,000. Much has changed since that first Dance Marathon. Today, as the largest student run philanthropy on campus, Dance Marathon holds two 12-hour events and supports over 80 families from across Iowa. In 2012, with the help of nearly 900 dancers, 200 committee members and countless volunteers, ISU Dance Marathon raised over $400,000. Since its beginning, Dance Marathon has raised a total of $1.5 million for University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Dance Marathon represents a life changing experience, complete with the opportunity to meet Iowa children and families who have directly benefited from University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. Each year ISU Dance Marathon continues to grow and make a larger impact on our families across Iowa. With your help, we hope to continue this wonderful tradition of college students making a difference! For more information on Iowa State University Dance Marathon, please feel free to check out dm.stuorg.iastate.edu

Operating as usual

Committee member Molli Emerson shares her why for this week’s #WhyWednesday 💙 “I fell in love with Dance Marathon the se...
09/02/2020

Committee member Molli Emerson shares her why for this week’s #WhyWednesday 💙 “I fell in love with Dance Marathon the second I ran into the Great Hall. Each family story serves as a humbling reminder: what we are doing is making a difference in the lives of these kiddos and their families!”

08/25/2020

We never thought we’d have to share a message as heavy as this. Suzie Moorman, one of our beloved Miracle Kiddos, has passed away after a long few months of fighting for her health. We are absolutely heartbroken for the Moorman family and feel such grief as a Dance Marathon community.

Suzie was always the brightest light in any room she walked into. Her singing at the kiddo talent show practically made her Dance Marathon royalty! She had so much love for the world and every person in it - being around her inspired so many of us to Love Like Suzie.

While this is a difficult thing to navigate, kiddos like Suzie are the reason we keep fighting for a cure. We will never stop sharing Suzie’s story and all the light she brought to the world. Miracle Makers, we encourage you all to Love Like Suzie today, tomorrow, and every day forward. 💙

Thank you SO much to everyone who attended our Miracle Maker Meeting last night! We were blown away by everyone’s excite...
08/20/2020

Thank you SO much to everyone who attended our Miracle Maker Meeting last night! We were blown away by everyone’s excitement, passion, and willingness to jump right in FTK 💙 To our 300 new Miracle Makers - we can’t wait to get started! #TogetherWeWill

08/19/2020
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We can’t imagine anything sweeter than you joining us for our first Miracle Maker Meeting of the year TONIGHT! Whether you attend in-person or virtually, we’d love to have you there at 6:30 🤩 To access the Zoom link for the meeting, click the link below!

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08/12/2020
University Museums, Iowa State University

Check out University Museums, Iowa State University to hear more about the Cyclones Care campaign and the hand sanitizer stations! So proud of our very own Riley Wilgenbusch! 💙

The University Museums' space will reopen to the public next week and you'll find one of these hand sanitizer stations at the entrance of all of them.

Visitors will also notice occupancy is at 50%, per the current Iowa State guidelines. In addition, masks are required and social distancing is important.

For the most up-to-date information, go to https://bit.ly/2EaUQ20

Hop on over to Instagram to see our takeover of the Office of Admissions account!!
08/05/2020

Hop on over to Instagram to see our takeover of the Office of Admissions account!!

We're excited to have Dance Marathon takeover our Instagram account tomorrow! instagram.com/iowastateadmissions

Dance Marathon is not a dance or a marathon – it’s a celebration of life. It’s also a fundraiser!

Dance Marathon at Iowa State has been helping children with life threatening illnesses for 23 years, giving financial and emotional support to hundreds of families across Iowa.

All of the money raised through Dance Marathon is given directly to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network!

07/28/2020

Hey there, remember us? 😉 Our fearless leaders are back and better than ever with an exciting announcement!

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s Big Event will be taking place on April 17th, 2021!! Our Big Event is traditionally held in January, but we believe switching our date gives us the opportunity to hold an event that’s safe for everyone, especially our miracle kiddos.

Our leadership team wants to ensure that every Cyclone feels welcome, safe, and excited to be a part of our organization this fall! Together, we will make incredible miracles this year and we can’t wait to get started. See you soon! 🤩 #isudm #togetherwewill

Happy #MiracleMonday from one of our sweet miracle kiddos, Lambert!! Lambert was diagnosed with Skeletal Dysplasia befor...
07/20/2020

Happy #MiracleMonday from one of our sweet miracle kiddos, Lambert!! Lambert was diagnosed with Skeletal Dysplasia before he was born, but his doctors weren’t sure if he would survive his birth. Luckily, he’s a fighter! We are so grateful that Lambert is a part of our DM family - his smile and goofy personality can brighten anyone’s day! 💙

The Morale Dance Showcase is happening right now at #DMLC2020! Click this link to vote for our morale dance as your favo...
07/10/2020
DMLC 2020 Morale Dance Showcase presented by DQ

The Morale Dance Showcase is happening right now at #DMLC2020! Click this link to vote for our morale dance as your favorite - our program could win $10,000 🤩

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Our AMAZING advisor, Katie Haygood, got an honorable mention for Dance Marathon Advisor of the Year!! 🤩 This is SO well-...
07/08/2020

Our AMAZING advisor, Katie Haygood, got an honorable mention for Dance Marathon Advisor of the Year!! 🤩 This is SO well-deserved and we are beyond grateful to work with someone as incredible as Katie!!!

Our #WhyWednesday this week comes to us from committee member Elizabeth Schaefer! “My older twin sisters were born prema...
07/01/2020

Our #WhyWednesday this week comes to us from committee member Elizabeth Schaefer! “My older twin sisters were born prematurely, and one of them received treatment at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for about 6 weeks. Now, 23 years later, her twin is a nurse at the Children's Hospital in Omaha. I am so proud to be FTK to support the awesome kiddos and medical staff represented by both of my sisters!”

Best. Day. Ever. Heck yeah it is!! In honor of #TealTuesday, we’d love for everyone to share their favorite Big Event me...
06/23/2020

Best. Day. Ever. Heck yeah it is!! In honor of #TealTuesday, we’d love for everyone to share their favorite Big Event memory in the comments below 🥰 Let’s share that joy this week!

Happy #WhyWednesday everyone! This week, we want to talk about what diversity and inclusion mean to us. Dance Marathon g...
06/17/2020

Happy #WhyWednesday everyone! This week, we want to talk about what diversity and inclusion mean to us. Dance Marathon goes beyond the diversity of physical abilities - diversity is anything that makes us unique. Inclusion puts diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection. We’re so grateful to be a part of an organization that celebrates people’s differences 💙 #diversity #inclusion #isudm

Dance Marathon at Iowa State stands with all people of color in times of crisis, and beyond. We are your advocates and a...
06/02/2020

Dance Marathon at Iowa State stands with all people of color in times of crisis, and beyond. We are your advocates and allies in this continuous fight against injustice and want to strive to continue making Dance Marathon at Iowa State a safe and inclusive community for all people of color. Together, we will work to create a community that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Below are the actionable steps we will take as an organization to reaffirm our commitment to inclusivity. Additionally, we encourage our members and all people to self-educate, reflect, and become empowered to make change in our communities.

1) Prior to our return to campus, we will continue to encourage our members to strive for individual understanding of racial injustice. This is a great resource for Dance Marathon members and all people to further educate themselves: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR1BtT-BF00_PpPN6BNW0M_mKzsGFZakR2-oqnt1_CsYnbAqwIR7_0DJvUc

2) We will establish a position as Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion within our recruitment and morale team. This person will be trained in diversity and inclusion and serve to ensure all people of color are welcome and included in our organization.

3) All members of Dance Marathon leadership will participate in trainings on diversity and inclusion to create a uniform understanding of the challenges racism presents in our community and how we can all serve to end that culture.

4) We will have conversations with our diverse network of alumni, families, and current members to understand their identities and how Dance Marathon can be more supportive and inclusive to all those who seek to be part of our mission.
These steps are the beginning of our stand against systemic racism, but they are not the end. As we begin working through these actions and better understanding our community’s perspective, we will continue to adapt and expand these plans to ensure that people of color may always find a safe and inclusive home in Dance Marathon at Iowa State University.

Riley Wilgenbusch and Sarah Longmire
Executive Co-Directors, Dance Marathon at Iowa State

Want to be a part of life-changing moments like this? Consider joining Dance Marathon! Our Recruitment and Morale Co-Dir...
05/22/2020

Want to be a part of life-changing moments like this? Consider joining Dance Marathon! Our Recruitment and Morale Co-Directors, Cara and Austin, will be holding a Webex meeting this Tuesday at 7:30 PM to talk about DM and answer any questions you might have. Don’t miss it! #togetherwewill

Committee member Emily Braun shares her why with us for #WhyWednesday 💙 “Dance Marathon is truly the most inspiring orga...
05/13/2020

Committee member Emily Braun shares her why with us for #WhyWednesday 💙 “Dance Marathon is truly the most inspiring organization I’ve ever been a part of. It’s filled with so many great people, and I love seeing everyone come together for a cause that’s greater than ourselves. Dance Marathon is so rewarding, and I will be FTK until the day I die.”

We’re so honored to accept this award for DM 2020 from Iowa State University Memorial Union! This wouldn’t have been pos...
05/07/2020

We’re so honored to accept this award for DM 2020 from Iowa State University Memorial Union! This wouldn’t have been possible without you all!

05/01/2020

Last year, we asked you all to make a promise. A promise to dedicate yourself to Dance Marathon. A promise to root yourself in your why. A promise to make more miracles. We were powered by the promises you made to yourselves and this organization. This year, we want you to keep those promises at the forefront of your mind. #TogetherWeWill use these promises to motivate one another, working together like Dance Marathon at Iowa State has never seen before. We hope this campaign inspires you to be For The Kids in every way this year. Happy summer, Miracle Makers! We cannot wait for the moment until we’re together again. Shoutout to Joe Stanton for the incredible video!

Just 1️⃣ more day until we announce our campaign for DM 2021! Look for the video on all of our social media platforms to...
04/30/2020

Just 1️⃣ more day until we announce our campaign for DM 2021! Look for the video on all of our social media platforms tomorrow 🤩 #countdown #isudm #ftk

Just 2️⃣ more days until we release our campaign for 2021! We’re so excited to share this with you all 💙 #countdown #isu...
04/29/2020

Just 2️⃣ more days until we release our campaign for 2021! We’re so excited to share this with you all 💙 #countdown #isudm #ftk

‪It’s getting closer 🤩 Only 3️⃣ more days until we release our campaign for DM 2021! #countdown #isudm #ftk‬‪•‬‪Also, ta...
04/28/2020

‪It’s getting closer 🤩 Only 3️⃣ more days until we release our campaign for DM 2021! #countdown #isudm #ftk‬
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‪Also, take a look at our Instagram stories to see how you can honor Austin “Flash” Schroeder today on the 5th anniversary of his passing ⚡️❤️ #22challenge‬

Just 4️⃣ days left until we announce our campaign for 2021! Any guesses so far?! #countdown #isudm #ftk
04/27/2020

Just 4️⃣ days left until we announce our campaign for 2021! Any guesses so far?! #countdown #isudm #ftk

You heard us right - only 5️⃣ days until we release our campaign for DM 2021 🤩 Get hyped!! #countdown #isudm #ftk
04/26/2020

You heard us right - only 5️⃣ days until we release our campaign for DM 2021 🤩 Get hyped!! #countdown #isudm #ftk

This week, we wanted to remind everyone WHY we love Dance Marathon so much! This testimonial series shares a few of the ...
04/24/2020

This week, we wanted to remind everyone WHY we love Dance Marathon so much! This testimonial series shares a few of the many stories that keep us rooted in our why, especially in times such as these. We can’t wait for the day when we can all be together again 💙 #isudm #ftk

As a part of our testimonial series, committee member Ryann Armstrong shares her why for this week’s #WhyWednesday 🤍 “Th...
04/22/2020

As a part of our testimonial series, committee member Ryann Armstrong shares her why for this week’s #WhyWednesday 🤍 “The reason I got involved DM was because of my cousin, Sammy, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at the age of 18. She sadly passed away a year later. Being a part of Dance Marathon helps me keep her legacy alive and help to support families that are going through a similar time in their lives. No one should be going through this time alone, and being involved in DM allows me to be there for them!” #isudm #ftk

Our first #MarathonMonday of the year... who’s pumped?! 🤩 For those that don’t know, dozens of Miracle Makers run (or wa...
04/13/2020

Our first #MarathonMonday of the year... who’s pumped?! 🤩 For those that don’t know, dozens of Miracle Makers run (or walk) the Des Moines Half or Full Marathon every October! The best part? They do it all FOR THE KIDS 💙 #isudm #ftk

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Our #WhyWednesday this week comes to us from Emily Bonnett! “I participated in my high school’s Dance Marathon, which ma...
04/08/2020

Our #WhyWednesday this week comes to us from Emily Bonnett! “I participated in my high school’s Dance Marathon, which made me so excited to get involved here at Iowa State. Helping make the kiddos smile on their toughest days is what keeps me coming back each year! Dance Marathon is truly a movement, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it.” #isudm #ftk

Happy #FlatKiddoFriday from our homes to yours! Even though social distancing is different from our normal routine, it’s...
04/03/2020

Happy #FlatKiddoFriday from our homes to yours! Even though social distancing is different from our normal routine, it’s incredibly important to follow because it protects the kiddos and families we love so much. Tell us how you’re social distancing #FTK in the comments below! #isudm

Reminiscing on our high school total from this past year 🤩 Ames, Valley, West Marshall, and Webster City are just 4 of o...
03/30/2020

Reminiscing on our high school total from this past year 🤩 Ames, Valley, West Marshall, and Webster City are just 4 of our AMAZING high schools, and even though we couldn’t celebrate your accomplishments at your Big Events, we are so proud of all you’ve done FTK! We love you 💙 #isudm #ftk

FOR THE KIDS - All days, and in all ways!! We’re grateful to represent our favorite kiddos and organization wherever we ...
03/17/2020

FOR THE KIDS - All days, and in all ways!! We’re grateful to represent our favorite kiddos and organization wherever we are. Throughout this difficult time, we encourage you inspire one another with your why. We promise that your positive impact means so much more than you know. Together, we can make a difference 💙 #tealtuesday #isudm #ftk

MOOD because we woke up this morning with our DM 2021 committees selected 🤩💙 We can’t wait to get started! #tealtuesday ...
03/03/2020

MOOD because we woke up this morning with our DM 2021 committees selected 🤩💙 We can’t wait to get started! #tealtuesday #ftk #isudm

For today’s #tealtuesday we want to feature our AMAZING executive co-directors for DM 2021! Sarah Longmire and Riley Wil...
02/25/2020

For today’s #tealtuesday we want to feature our AMAZING executive co-directors for DM 2021! Sarah Longmire and Riley Wilgenbusch are not only dedicated leaders, but they inspire everyone with the passion they have FTK. DM 2021 couldn’t be in better hands! #ftk #isudm

Iowa State Dance Marathon
02/19/2020

Iowa State Dance Marathon

Are you passionate about making miracles and looking for a way to get more involved in Iowa State Dance Marathon 2021?! ...
02/18/2020

Are you passionate about making miracles and looking for a way to get more involved in Iowa State Dance Marathon 2021?! Apply to be on a committee! Applications close tomorrow, February 19th at 11:59 PM. Click the link in our Instagram bio to apply 💙 #isudm #ftk

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We can't wait to see you tomorrow Earth Day 2019: Celebrating 10 Years of Living Green! Dance Marathon does so many amazing things, and we love you sharing your passion with students! Make sure to bring a reusable coffee mug and water bottle for free refreshments!
Wesley Center Blood Drive is tomorrow, Monday, August 20th from 12-4 p.m. at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation. Please consider donating.
The Green Umbrella and Live Green! Initiative at ISU are SO excited to have Dance Marathon at National Campus Sustainability Day this Thursday! Thank you for registering for the event-- we hope to see lots of DM dancers there getting free coffee and cookies too! :)
Hey guys it's Friday and as of today we only have 120 days till the big event! So, to keep everyone excited and the morale high, here's the first Flashback Friday from last year's event. This picture was of a dancer and one of our miracle kiddos celebrating at the event. This remids us of why we are all here and why we stand for the kids: to continue to bring in donations and new dancers for Dance Marathon 2018 and most importintaly to inspire hope for everyone!