West High Students Host Mini Dance Marathon to Fight Pediatric Cancer

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By Katie Stinson

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The West High School Community is raising money to fight pediatric cancer with it's own Dance Marathon. This is the second year Iowa City's West High has hosted a mini-dance marathon.

Participants gathered Sunday for the event. It's designed to mirror the University of Iowa Dance Marathon where students dance for 24-hours to benefit the battle against pediatric cancer and the UI Children's Hospital.

West High School's dance marathon goes for 5 hours. Last year students raised a robust $22,000 with this year's goal more than doubling to $50,000. At last check, students had already surpassed this year's goal.

"To see the smiles on everyone's faces and just to be apart of something so much bigger than we can imagine, it's an amazing experience," West High Senior and Co-Executive Director Meredith Arpey said.

More than 300 teenagers signed up to participate in the West High event. The University of Iowa's "Big Event" is set for February 7th.
Last year alone, the UI Dance Marathon raised more than $1.5 million dollars.


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