Dance Marathon Alumni Group President Nic Rusher (11BA, 13MHA) and his wife, Kayla Caldwell Rusher (15BFA), marvel every year at the good Dance Marathon brings to the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.
More than a decade of volunteering with Dance Marathon—first as students and then as alumni—has changed their lives, too.
The Rushers met as students in the organization, which holds an annual 24-hour dance-a-thon to raise millions of dollars for cancer research, treatment, and support for patients and families. Now Kayla is studying to be a physician assistant at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Nic is director of strategic intelligence at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Nic credits the connections and leadership skills he developed through Dance Marathon for directing him toward a career in health administration. "There are just so many positive and impactful experiences from Dance Marathon that have helped shape the trajectories of a lot of people's lives," he says.
Although Dance Marathon went virtual this year, DMAG continued its mission to rally alumni around the cause. Every year, alumni raise about $100,000 for Dance Marathon, often through social events in Chicago, Des Moines, Kansas City, and the Twin Cities. Nic says interest in the Big Event grows each year, even among those who never took part while in college. To join the cause, visit foriowa.org/groups/dance-marathon.php.
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