Erica Lockin, photoUniversity of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon
Hometown: Aurelia, Iowa

How and when did you first become involved with UI Stead Family Children's Hospital?
“I first became involved with UI Stead Family Children's Hospital my freshman year of college when I joined UNI's Dance Marathon program.”
Why do you choose to give your time to support UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital?
“I give my time supporting UI Stead Family Children's Hospital because it has changed the lives of our Miracle families. Our families are so grateful to the hospital for all it has done for their children. After seeing the miracles and lifesaving treatments the hospital has provided to families, it's hard not to support them. I support the research the hospital is doing, the care it's providing, and the very best doctors it's employing. UI Stead Family Children's Hospital is an amazing facility and one of the many reasons I'm proud to be an Iowan.”
What is one thing you wish more people knew about the children’s hospital?
“I wish more people knew just how much the hospital cares about its patients. After receiving a tour of the new hospital this year, I learned how extensive the design of the hospital was. Every decision was made with the kids in mind. I think it is simply amazing that the hospital went the extra mile to make sure the hospital was completely centered on the children and families it serves.”
How has Dance Marathon impacted your life?
“I love being a part of an organization that is fighting so hard to end childhood illness. I feel so fortunate to be working alongside other student leaders who push me to be a better person and want all kids to be healthy as badly as I do. Dance Marathon is a movement and I can't wait to see what it does. I've already seen it change so many people with its selfless goal. Being a part of Dance Marathon means taking an active role in fighting for the next generation's health.”
What is one word that describes our pediatric patients and families?