Flash mob brings Cyclone, Hawkeye fans together in show against cancer


Photo: Kendra Plathe/Iowa State Daily

Alissa Dietz, right with the blue bow, helped organize the Cy-Hawk flash mob that took place Saturday just south of Jack Trice Stadium during tailgating for the ISU vs. Iowa game. The “Take Down Cancer” shirts seen here were sold for $10 each to help raise money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

Alex Smith

Both Hawkeyes and Cyclone fans came together at the biggest football game of the year to participate in a show against cancer.

The smell of hot dogs and bratwurst filled the senses while walking around the south entrance to Jack Trice Stadium. Music was everywhere and people were sitting and waiting ready for some football. Then someone in a crowd began to dance. More and more joined her as people in the parking lot watched. This wasn’t just spontaneous moves; this was Random Acts of Dancing’s Take Down Cancer flash mob.

The music was blaring and the crowd roaring. Iowa and Iowa State fans all danced together. Then with one swift ripple through the dancers, all the football gear came off. Shown underneath all the school spirit was a shirt that simply read “Take Down Cancer.” This all went exactly how Alissa Dietz, head of Random Acts of Dancing, wanted it to.

“I just wanted everybody to have a good time and I wanted to make a YouTube video for NFCR,” said Dietz, referring to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

Bringing everyone together for a cause isn’t always easy, but it was what Dietz wanted to do, and what she succeeded in doing, she said..

Even Jim Knox from Fox Sports saw and reported on the flash mob.

“Whether the general public was surprised or not, everyone had a good time and had a smile on their face,” Dietz said. “I was honored and blessed to be a part of that.”

The Take Down Cancer shirts that were purchased for the flash mob are still available in Ames at Alpha Copies, Ayden Lee and Dogtown University. A portion of the money used to buy the shirts goes to the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Hundreds have already been sold, which means hundreds of dollars have been given to the NFCR.

Anyone who would like to donate money can do so at takedowncancer.com. All of the money donated on the Web page goes to NFCR.