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UI Dance Marathon donates $2 million to fund pediatric cancer research chair

File photo of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. (Steffi Lee, CBS2/FOX28)

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon 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 Children’s 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 year's Big Event will take place Feb. 2–3.


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