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Raising money for children with cancer

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

This weekend the University of Iowa will host its annual dance marathon. The money raised will help children with cancer at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

One child the money would help is 22 month old Eryn Clarke. On September 28th of last year she was diagnosed with leukemia. Her visits to the hospital are frequent making the children's hospital a second home.

Eryn's mother, Mandy, says she is looking forward to the day when she can talk to Eryn about what she went through at such a young age. 

"I keep a journal because I want her to know what she went through because she is not going to remember and I want her to know what the hospital has done for her, what her family has done for her and what all she went through at such a young age," said Mandy Clarke.

Eryn has been declared in remission since November 18th. Her mom hopes they can go home in about 15 days.

If you would like to help children like Eryn, our coverage partners at radio station WMT are holding a radiothon.

Thursday and Friday the radio station will be broadcasting live at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital taking pledges.

"We have helped purchase different gaming systems so kids can have some fun things to do," said JJ Cook, operations manager. "It's a very painful experience who are up there having treatment and if we can bring a little joy to their life where they are going through treatment it's money well spent."

The radiothon started in 2006. Just in the last four years the radiothon and dance marathon have raised over one million dollars.

If you would like to help you can call to make a donation. The number is 1-800-456-2772.

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon runs for a consecutive 24 hours Friday & Saturday, February 3-4.
You can find information here.  

The University of Northern Iowa will hold a similar event February 25th.

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