UI Dance Marathon gives $2 million to support pediatric cancer research chair

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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DANCE MARATHON GIVES $2 MILLION TO SUPPORT PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH CHAIR

Gift Establishes the First Student-Funded Chair in the History of the UI
IOWA CITY, IOWA, January 19, 2018 The University of Iowa Dance Marathon, the universitys largest student organization, announced a $2 million gift commitment to establish the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Chair in Pediatric Oncology, Clinical and Translational Research. The gift marks the first student-funded chair in the history of the University of Iowa and will fund a faculty position in the UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics to lead the pediatric cancer research program.
This gift from UI Dance Marathon is extraordinary, said Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Over the past 24 years, UI Dance Marathon has raised more than $21 million to support our pediatric cancer patients and their families. These students are compassionate individuals and exemplary citizens, and they inspire all of us at University of Iowa Stead Family Childrens Hospital.
The UI Dance Marathon Chair in Pediatric Oncology, Clinical and Translational Research will be dedicated to improving outcomes for pediatric cancer patients by advancing research into treatments and cures.
This is an amazing opportunity for us to support steps forward toward a cure, said Alex Linden (Class of 2018), UI Dance Marathon executive director from Sioux City. We are thankful to all of our students, our donors, and our alumni for making this possible, and especially to our Dance Marathon families, who keep us focused on making a difference For the Kids.

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UI Dance Marathon is a student-run philanthropy that creates and sustains special projects to provide emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone-marrow-transplant patients and their families cared for at UI Stead Family ChildrensHospital. UI Dance Marathon hosts an …

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