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Iowa City West Raises $21,000 in First Mini-Dance Marathon Event

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - A few hundred Iowa City West High School students spent Sunday afternoon dancing to raise money for the University of Iowa's Children's Hospital. The first ever Iowa City West Mini Dance Marathon event brought in more than $21,000.

"First, our goal was to raise $10,000 and we surpassed that, so then it was $15,000 and we beat that," said Lauren Larson, a Senior at Iowa City West.

Larson, who has participated in the University of Iowa's Dance Marathon event in previous years, said the idea of hosting a Mini Dance Marathon event was an easy one. "All of our elementary schools have their own and we were like how come none of our high schools have one? why is that?" Larson explained.

After more than doubling their fundraising goal, it's safe to say that the Iowa City West's first Mini Dance Marathon was a success. But both Larson and Michaela Recker, a Senior at Iowa City West, credit their peers, parents, and faculty members for the great outcome. "All the kids here are really involved and giving and they just have a really good heart, especially for this kind of cause," said Recker.

The four-hour event allowed students to not just dance and raise money, but also hear from families impacted by cancer. "These kids are no different than us. Cancer doesn't discriminate so it's really important that we take that and help do what we can," said Recker.

With every step and every move, that's exactly what students did on Sunday. It's something leaders said they hope will continue in years to come. "We hope it will just continue and we can keep raising more money each year," said Larson.

Larson told TV9 six teachers volunteered to shave their head if students raised more than $20,000. The final total we're told is $21,292.

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