They danced. They sang. They laughed. They cried.
And then they danced, sang, laughed and cried some more.
In the end, 13 marathon hours on Saturday, April 1 at the Rogalski Center — combined with 13 months of planning and other fund-raising efforts — helped the 600-strong SAU Dance Marathon 5 team earn nearly $224,000 for The Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Stead Children's Hospital. That number exceeded their ambitious target goal of $200,000.
Since Spring 2012, when SAU's unofficial debut of Dance Marathon came together in a matter of 10 weeks, St. Ambrose students have raised nearly $547,000 for the cause. Ambrosians also have aided and befriended dozens of children fighting serious illness at the U of I hospital, as well as the families of those young patients.
Their efforts have helped St. Ambrose to a No. 8 national ranking among schools of 15,000 or fewer students who participate in the Dance Marathon network.
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