UNI Students Dance for Pediatric Cancer Research

By Reid Chandler, Reporter

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - It's Year 2 for the University of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

It's three little word have one big meaning for students at the University of Northern Iowa.

For the kids--or FTK as the popular chant goes. 12 hours on their feet. No sitting, no resting. And like their neighbors at the University of Iowa the UNI Dance Marathon raises money for the UI Children's Hospital. But this one is a much younger tradition--last year was only UNI's second Marathon, but they broke records.

"We ended up being one of 6 Dance Marathons that has raised over $100,000 dollars in their second year," said Sarah Hanson, a UNI sophomore

But 12 hours of standing--how are the feet feeling?

"They're kind of hurting, they're flat shoes. But I like to dance, so it's fine," said Becca Dirks, a UNI sophomore.

"You just gotta remember it's all about the kids and just keep going," added sophomore Taylor Aitchison.

For the experience, the pain is a small price to pay.

"If they can fight these illnesses and if they can stay in the hospital as long as they do, I can do something as small as stand for 12 hours and not have caffeine for 12 hours," Hanson said.

These dancers say they'll get through it.

"It shows that these kids aren't in it alone."

Just remember those three words: For The Kids.
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