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Meet kids helped by the University of Iowa Dance Marathon

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Mikayla's your typical pre-teen. She loves to text her friends. But Mikayla didn't have a typical childhood. She was diagnosed with cancer at age four. That's when she was introduced to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon.

"Some of my best friends are friends that I've met through Dance Marathon and through having cancer," said Mikayla, who is 11-years-old.

When you hear Dance Marathon, you think of all the people out on the dance floor. But Dance Marathon's work goes on year-round, helping families at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

"Dance Marathon has played for PlayStation and different gaming systems and so the boys could hang out and be with their sister and we could all just be in the presence of each other and that's a big deal," said Brent VanWey, Mikayla's dad. 


It's all made possible by the money raised on the dance floor. The marathon is a 24-hour event so as the dancers are getting tired, they've got inspiration all over the room to help remind them why they're doing this. It's all for the kids.

Kids like Tori, currently going through chemotherapy. The visits from Dance Marathon help make time in the hospital better.

"They're always really fun to talk to and do activities with because it's always really interesting," said Tori Vogel, 14-years-old.

As for Mikayla, she's marking a milestone at this year's marathon. She's one of the "graduates," because Mikayla has been cancer free for five years.

To donate to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, click here.

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