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UNI to hold 1st ever dance marathon for UI Children's Hospital

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For the first time ever, the University of Northern Iowa will have a dance marathon for the Children's Miracle Network and University of Iowa Hospitals.

You've heard of the dance marathon before.  It's a big event at the University of Iowa every year.  In fact, Iowa's last event collected a record $1,220,146.

Now the party will also happen at UNI's Maucker Union on Feb. 25.

Participating students are required to dance throughout the whole event. The inaugural dance marathon at UNI will be 12 hours.

The goal is $14,000, or about $1 for every student at Northern Iowa.  Student planners hope to shatter that goal.

"All of our money goes directly to the children's hospital in Iowa City which essentially means the money stays in Cedar Falls. There are kids in the Cedar Valley that are being treated down there so it's great to be able to support the kids here in Cedar Falls and the Waterloo area," said student organizer Chelsea Hartman.

Hartman and several other student organizers have a personal connection to the Children's Hospital.  Hartman was born at the Children's Hospital and spent the first ten days of her life in the neo-natal center.

Marathon registration begins Nov. 11.

Donations can also be made at www.unidancemarathon.com. The website will active in the first week of November.

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