Paige Bildstein, portraitLoras College Dance Marathon
Hometown: Dyersville, Iowa

How and when did you first become involved with UI Stead Family Children's Hospital?
I became involved with the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in September 2015 when I registered for my first Dance Marathon at Loras College.
Why do you choose to give your time to support UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital?
I choose to continue to support the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital because of the smiles that I make on the children's faces. Nothing is more impactful than the smile and laugh of a child.
What is one thing you wish more people knew about the children’s hospital?
I wish all people knew the impact simple actions make to the children's hospital.
How has Dance Marathon impacted your life?
Dance Marathon has allowed me to grow in empathy through philanthropic work. Dance Marathon has impacted my life because it allows me to see full circle the benefits of helping children during the most challenging moments of their lives. I have had the privilege to hear firsthand stories about how Dance Marathon and Children's Miracle Network helped families through these hardships.
What is one word that describes our pediatric patients and families?
Courageous