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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

This weekend thousands danced for pediatric cancer reaching their goal of $2 million.

The 21st Annual University of Iowa Dance Marathon Big Event is a 24-hour dance marathon where students celebrate children survivors and remember the ones who have passed away due to cancer.

Fourteen year old Tori Vogel has Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer.

"It was a struggle to get used to at first, but I've gotten used to it," said Vogel. "I was officially diagnosed on August 1st 2014."

With a little music and some pretty good dance moves, Tori's cancer battle didn't matter

"It gives us, not only me but other kids a chance to escape from what they're going through and to just get out there and have fun and enjoy themselves," said Vogel"

Tori was supposed to be at the Big Event, she was invited and hotel room reserved, but she had to have chemo therapy, so she couldn't.

However, dancers came to them at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, but it's all one big celebration.

Nick Capaldo's daughter, Ellie was only 20 months when she was diagnosed with leukemia.

"Amazing what they've been able to do for us. For lack of a better word, they've given us our daughter back." said Capaldo's

This year, more than 2,5000 dancers, and 1,000 family members raised money and awareness about the struggles and triumphs of these little warriors.

The event raised $2,001,856.21, the most they've ever raised in 20 years.

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