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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dance the day, night and morning away for kids with cancer at this weekend’s DanceBlue

This is the final 800-dancer reveal from last year's DanceBlue fundraiser. There's guaranteed to be another one this weekend. (Photo provided)

This is the final 800-dancer reveal from last year’s DanceBlue fundraiser. There’s guaranteed to be another one this weekend. (Photo provided)

 
By Katy Bennett
Special to KyForward
 
University of Kentucky students are preparing for the ninth annual DanceBlue dance marathon just a few days away and even if you are not dancing or volunteering, you can still support the kids.
 
DanceBlue 2014 kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and runs for 24 hours, until 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Memorial Coliseum. Thousands of students are involved in the marathon, either dancing or volunteering, but if you’re not, here are some ways to be involved and support DanceBlue:
 
Attend
 
Memorial Coliseum will be open to the public for the duration of DanceBlue and everyone is encouraged to attend. At the top of every hour, the famous DanceBlue line dance is done by all 800 dancers.
 
Watch
 
Watch the marathon’s live-stream. The marathon will be broadcast live at danceblue.org. We’d like to especially encourage you to watch the opening of the marathon, 2 p.m. Saturday; after the conclusion of the UK game at 7 p.m. Saturday; and the end of the marathon, including the family hours and the final fundraising reveal from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday.
 
Tweet/Facebook/Instagram/Tumblr
 
Keep in touch with the marathon and the dancers on Twitter (twitter) and Facebook (facebook). You can also see what DanceBlue is like by following @UK_DanceBlue on Instagram and visiting DanceBlue’s Tumblr (tumblr). If you tweet, please use the official DanceBlue hashtags: #DB14 and #FTK. Tagging your messages this way will help show the dancers and families support!
 
DanceBlue is UK’s 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Now in its eighth year, DanceBlue has raised more than $5.1 million for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts. Give to DanceBlue here.
 
DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service.
 
Katy Bennett is an information specialist senior with the University of Kentucky.

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