• 2016 Dance Marathon

    Luther College Dance Marathon raises $53,094.03!

Luther College Dance Marathon

"We are this generation fighting for the next."

Luther College Dance Marathon (LCDM) is a student organization on campus that strives to provide a community of emotional and financial support for the children of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. LCDM is part of larger, national movement, Miracle Network Dance Marathon, centered around the celebration of the lives and struggles of children with serious, and terminal illnesses. Throughout the year each LCDM member gets to know an incredible child (our "miracle kids") while fundraising for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

The year in activities includes multiple fundraising opportunities, the chance to be a part of a "morale" group that is led by a student captain, and the privilege of meeting and loving these incredible, in children. LCDM will culminate on April 10th, 2021 with our eighth ever Dance Marathon, an 8-hour event that is equal parts rave, inspirational talk, and party. It is tradition at these events that attendees do not sit for the entire event, as a sign of solidarity FOR THE KIDS. During the event our CMN kids and their families will present, dance, and play as we celebrate just how far they have come. The event culminates in the final hour with the "big reveal" of our fundraising total. We are also excited to announce that this year the money raised will be going to fund the Music Therapy and Child Life departments at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, both programs of which are funded completely on philanthropic dollars. We hope to be joined in this goal by 300 Dancers. Are you up to the challenge? Fill out our Interest Form to learn more!

Mission statement:

The Luther College Dance Marathon is a recognized Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon program that extends emotional and financial support to families treated at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. As a student organization, Luther College Dance Marathon strives to be an inclusive and welcoming organization for all by building a community between Luther College and the families receiving treatment at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

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  • With money previously raised, LCDM was able to fund an entire patient room on the 10th floor of the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. If you are ever there, look for our plaque!  
  • In July 2018 LCDM was awarded the Merchandise Award, being recognized as the MNDM program with the best merchandise in the nation for this past dance marathon season. We implemented a new program, "For the Kids, By the Kids", being the first dance marathon to have their own Miracle Families design the merchandise being sold.