SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — North High School students held their dance marathon Friday night to raise money for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Students have held events throughout the year to raise funds, with the latest boost coming from Friday night’s Dance Marathon event.
There was laughter, games and dancing, but it all served a greater purpose.
Dance Marathon is a North High School campus organization that raises money to support more than 24,000 pediatric patients at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network.
“What I love about the dance marathon is that it’s months of work, you know. We started in October and until today. And I just loved that I’m always working on it and that we have so many ideas to raise money for the kids,” said North High School senior Aphraditie Hancock.
Students raised money at local events throughout the school year, including pizza ranch nights, Children’s Miracle Network balloon sales, and a coffee and donut sale.
The goal was to raise $13,000, and Friday’s dance marathon was the final push. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the hospital to enable treatments and a pleasant hospital experience.
“A child who stays in our hospital or clinic gets a book or a stuffed animal again, just to make it a little bit more welcoming. It’s obviously not the ideal environment. So if we can make it feel a little more comfortable or a little more like home, that’s the goal every day,” said Allison Kjar, development and communications specialist, Children’s Miracle Network.
The students even got to dance with some of St. Luke’s patients and hear their personal stories.
“You can see in the news and pictures and Facebook posts but it really doesn’t matter until you see the impact you make, the beds they say on the NICU and the care and services they have get for various diseases. And it’s really an eye opener when you meet the families in person to see where your donations, hard work and money are going,” Kjar said.
Patients’ parents say that sometimes there are no words to explain their appreciation for events like the dance marathon. The money raised gives their own children a new chance in life.
“We are thankful for such children. And I appreciate everyone who is raising money in this way, because without you my daughter would not be able to achieve the things that she does,” said Taylor Baker, mother of a patient at Unity Point Health – St. Luke’s.
The students successfully surpassed their goal, raising a total of $14,093.05. All money raised goes directly to UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network to buy books, toys and equipment and treat the children.
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