Goal $400
Total Raised $575

Dance Marathon 20

Savannah Carlstrom

Savannah Carlstrom

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A back massage at the Big Event & lime shoelaces


My Story

My name is Savannah, and this is my third year with the UI Dance Marathon. I'm a Junior majoring in Spanish and Secondary Education with a minor in Linguistics and an endorsement in teaching English as a Second Language. In addition to dancing for the kiddos, I am also a DM family rep, which means I am blessed with the opportunity to write letters and communicate with one of our incredible families.

When I'm not dancing for a cure, I keep myself busy staying involved on campus in other ways. I am Historian of Big Brothers Big Sisters at Iowa and the Philanthropy and Volunteerism Chair of Gamma Rho Lambda. I work as the LLC Programmer for the Tomorrow's Teachers Today Living Learning Community in Rienow Hall and the Student Success Coach at Quadrangle Hall. I love being a part of the University of Iowa and our amazing Hawkeye Family!

One of my favorite things about the UI is our dedication to helping others, and I think Dance Marathon is a perfect representation of that. This year, my motivation to keep fundraising and keep dancing is that I Dance For Families. My own family has been struck by cancer many times, so I've seen what it takes to stay strong when a loved one is fighting the hardest battle of their life, how much it hurts when that battle is lost, and how much love and joy a family is capable of when the battle is won. All of our families deserve the best treatment and support out there, and that is why I dance.

My first year in DM, I just barely raised my dancing total and made it to the Big Event. Last year, I raised over $550 and was able to celebrate with some of my best friends here at Iowa. This year, I've set an even bigger goal for myself, and want to raise at least $700 and get as many members of my Hawkeye family as possible involved as well. That makes your support even more appreciated than ever! Thank you so much for being a part of our fight and celebration. Together, we're creating tomorrow by dancing today. <3

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon is a student-run philanthropy dedicated to supporting oncology patients being treated at The University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. It is a year-round organization that culminates with a 24 hour long BIG Event in February. To date, Dance Marathon has raised over $21.5 million dollars for children being treated for cancer.

Gifts to Dance Marathon are made through The University of Iowa Center for Advancement, a nonprofit IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization that is structurally separate from The University of Iowa. The University of Iowa Center for Advancement exists solely for the UI's benefit, serving as the preferred channel for private gifts to all areas of the University.

Good Luck Savannah!
Way to go Savannah! Love, Uncle Jay & Aunt Ruth Ann
You have the biggest heart and the proudest mom a girl could have! Love you, Mija!
Good luck Savannah! I am so happy to see you are still involved in Dance Marathon! Enjoy every minute of the Big Event this weekend!

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