University of Iowa Dance MarathonWashington Freeman Peck Award

University of Iowa Dance Marathon

Each year the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) awards the Washington Freeman Peck award to a lay organization in honor of their contributions to public health. The University of Iowa Dance Marathon was selected to receive the 2015 Washington Freeman Peck Award, presented during the IMS Annual Conference. The award was accepted by Dan Kolb, University of Iowa Dance Marathon Executive Director.

Since its founding in 1994, the student-run University of Iowa Dance Marathon has raised more than $18 million to provide year-round financial and emotional support to pediatric cancer patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Their commitment to the kids included a $5 million pledge toward the construction of the new, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, which will open on December 10, 2016 .

“On behalf of the dance marathon, we are so excited and humbled to accept this tremendous award,” Kolb said when accepting the award.

The Iowa physician community, through the Iowa Medical Society, is inspired by the commitment of the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, and we are proud of all they do for the children of our state.

Do you know a lay organization whose contributions to public health are outstanding? Nominate them today for the Washington Freeman Peck Award. IMS is accepting nominations through February 1, 2017, click here to access the online nominations form. The 2017 IMS awards will be presented during the IMS Annual Conference on April 28-29, 2017, in Des Moines. 


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Know someone worthy of the highest honor in Iowa Medicine? Has a colleague or a layperson you know made outstanding contributions to the medical profession, health care, or IMS? Perhaps you know a lay organization whose contributions to public health are outstanding? Nominate someone you know for an IMS award online.