Dance Marathon. To some, these words do not make much sense. To some, it is just two words strung together that are not usually associated. Marathons are typically ran or watched on Netflix, but never danced. At The University of Iowa, Dance Marathon is 24 hours of no sitting, no sleeping, no caffeine, and all dancing. It is a commitment to helping the kiddos and their families both financially and spiritually that stay in the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. To Chi Omegas, Dance Marathon means infinitely more than one 24-hour period where poor dancing is constant. In the past year leading up to Dance Marathon 23, it has meant our fearless sisters on Leadership working tirelessly to plan every finite detail of The Big Event, being the kiddos’ light on even the darkest of days, and it has been, and always will be, a passion that has encapsulated Chi Omega in its entirety.
Through running the Chicago Marathon, knocking on strangers’ doors for contributions, and sending countless letters to friends and families, Chi Omega raised over $85,000 For the Kids. “For The Kids,” is a catch phrase that is widely associated with Dance Marathon. To Chi Omega, it means even more than that. Below are a few quotes that beautifully capture what “For The Kids” and Dance Marathon means to those of our sisters that served on leadership this past year.
In addition to more than 20 Chi Omegas that served on the various leadership committees for Dance Marathon 23, Chi Omega also sent over 80 dancers to The Big Event.
Many of our new members jumped right into Dance Marathon from the beginning, and we could not be more proud of them and excited for what they experienced!
Not only did we send dancers and leadership members to The Big Event, but Chi Omega also has the honor of being the Alma matter of Executive Director, Morgan Kennedy. Morgan worked day in and day out on Dance Marathon and she has dedicated her entire heart and soul to this organization. For Morgan, Dance Marathon will never be a simple 24-hour event, but a commitment to bettering the lives of pediatric oncology patients and encouraging as many other people as she can to do the same. Morgan led this organization to grand total of $2,572,130.23 raised for The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. She is truly an inspiration to us all, and for her work on Dance Marathon 23, we are eternally grateful.