UNI Dance Marathon event earns students’ praise

By: Tucker Harrington

Though most people dance to have fun, students who boogied down during the University of Northern Iowa’s Dance Marathon broke a sweat for a deserving cause. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports money raised during the event goes toward helping Relay for Life, and now the volunteers of the Dance Marathon are being rewarded themselves.

Those who organized and ran the event were one group selected for the annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, which look to honor and praise individuals and groups that help make a difference in their communities. Amanda Robertson, co-president of the UNI’s Relay for Life chapter, is thrilled the group won an award and hopes more students will participate in the meaningful program going forward.

“UNI’s Relay for Life was nominated because of all the hard work our volunteers put in, throughout the year, to raise cancer awareness, fight back against cancer and to remember those who lost their battle with cancer,” Robertson told the news outlet. “It is amazing, the power people can have on such a horrible disease.”

According to the Relay for Life official website, the nonprofit works to raise money for cancer research and other services, while promoting awareness.