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Dance Marathon goes the distance

Event provides students the chance to make a difference

By Denise Kassis and Colton Herrick
On April 29, 2016

Kirkwood Community College teamed up with Mount Mercy University and Coe College to host Dance Marathon on Saturday, April 16, that raised $28,072.06. 

Around 100 dancers from the three colleges participated in the marathon that took place at Coe College from 10 a.m-10 p.m. 

According to the Dance Marathon website, Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals.

According to Shelby Crist, Student Life and housing coordinator, the best part about the event was “the passion of the students who actually did participate.”

Students created signs that hung in the Coe College gym during the Dance Marathon.

The requirement for a student to become a dancer is to register by paying $10 and to raise a minimum of $50. Students can help out with this cause by either signing up to be a dancer or by simply donating money to it.  

Carolyn Frantz, recruitment and morale director, started Dance Marathon when she was in high school and from there she said she fell in love with it. 

Frantz, said, “I dance for more birthdays and I dance because I love being able to make a difference in the life of a child.”

Students involved in Dance Marathon raise money for the event by asking family and friends, sending letters, promoting it on social media or by having bakes sales on campus.

The event included various activities throughout the day such as caricatures, face painting, henna, board games, yoga, rock climbing as well as zumba. The dancers also had the chance to meet the families and hear more about their stories.


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