UI Dance Marathon Raises Over $1.5 Million for Kids with Cancer

By Nadia Crow, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Get ready to bust a move. Thousands of University of Iowa students have just one more hour to get loose in this year's UI Dance Marathon. The money raised goes to the university's children hospital.

Kick it off. Build it up. Break it down.

“There's always music playing in the main ballroom for everyone to dance to,” said U-I Dance Marathon Operations Director Lily Spencer.

For 24 hours, these University of Iowa students danced for kids battling cancer. Kids like 10 year old Nolan Hicks who can now say he's cancer free after beating a rare soft tissue form.

“I felt sick a lot,” said former cancer patient Nolan Hicks.

“It was a little scary it was a pretty aggressive type of cancer so he went through treatment and stuff,” said Nolan’s mother Marie Hicks.

Now Nolan can get back to being a normal kid. The Dance Marathon makes sure to keep the Hicks and other families busy.

“We played on the bouncy house a lot we ate popcorn and cotton candy and we danced,” said Nolan Hicks.

This weekend, students spend time with the same kids they've spent the past year visiting in the hospital; helping out emotionally and financially.

“Things like parking, different volunteers came in and played with Nolan, all sorts of medical things they were able to cover, lots of different things,” said Marie Hicks.

Thousands of students showing Eastern Iowa it's not just about them, but the community as a whole. Leaders say they want to dance past last year's record breaking $1,369,147.

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