Alex Pringnitz, portraitIowa State University Dance Marathon
Hometown: Spirit Lake, Iowa

How and when did you first become involved with UI Stead Family Children's Hospital?
I became involved with University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital through Dance Marathon. My first year fundraising for Dance Marathon was in 2014, when I was a junior at Spirit Lake High School. I continued my involvement with Dance Marathon when I got to school at Iowa State.
Why do you choose to give your time to support UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital?
I choose to give my time to support UI Stead Family Children's Hospital because I am fortunate enough to be able to. As a healthy 21-year-old, I am very blessed to have the opportunity to pursue a college degree. There are so many kids and teenagers who don't have time to think about going to college or even think about next week. I support the hospital because there will always be kids going through unfathomable battles. I never want to take my health for granted.
What is one thing you wish more people knew about the children’s hospital?
I wish more people understood how many children spend time at this hospital and undergo procedures. It's easy to see the hospital on ESPN being waved at and never make the connection to kids in our own community who spend time at this hospital.
How has Dance Marathon impacted your life?
Dance Marathon has opened my eyes to so many battles that people are going through. Hearing the stories of Miracle Families is an inspiring experience. The confidence they carry shows what true faith is.
What is one word that describes our pediatric patients and families?