Joy fills the Pit every December as the North Scott Community gathers together for the Dance Marathon. Students bob up and down to the beat, as music blares over the speakers. These students are dancing for the kids who cannot. Girls line up to cut off inches of their hair. They are giving it to the kids who have none. Families tell their stories of love, loss, sickness, recovery, and health at the University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital. They are present for the kids that are no longer here.
The Dance Marathon at North Scott will start at 2 and go till 11, this Saturday, December, 5th.
The University of Iowa Children’s hospital treats over 50,000 children every year from all over the country. All of the funds raised from the dance marathon goes to the children’s hospital’s pediatric oncology unit, which treats kids with cancer. The money that is raised on Saturday will go towards emotional and financial support for the kids and their families who are being treated. Dance Marathon also helps fund the new addition to the children’s hospital that overlooks Kinnick Stadium.
This year the Dance Marathon is being coordinated by Allie Stutting, along with the North Scott National Honor Society and Mrs. Pauly. “Our dance marathon is unique in that we bring together the entire community to raise money for the kids,” Stutting said, “This organization has changed my life and so many other lives.”
The nine hour event features activities such as zumba, a faculty lip sync, an appearance by Miss Iowa, and talks from guest speakers. If you haven’t registered already, the cost is $10 to get in. Click to sign up online. Talk to to Karen Pauly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're interested in hair donation. For more information on hair donation click here.