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With joyful hearts and tired feet, UK’s DanceBlue Marathon raises more than $2 million

More than 900 students and thousands of spectators recently gathered to celebrate the DanceBlue Marathon, one of the University of Kentucky’s richest traditions.

With joyful hearts and tired feet, the dancers at the 2020 DanceBlue Marathon pushed through 24 hours of no sitting and no sleeping in honor of the tireless pursuit of finding the cure to pediatric cancer.

In its 15th year, DanceBlue is ecstatic to reveal its fundraising total of $2,000,190.20. While this is the largest amount raised in the history of DanceBlue, the students don’t focus on how big or small the total is. They instead focus on the way that money can be used to support the children and families battling pediatric cancer in the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

Said Christina Stephens, DanceBlue marketing chair: “DanceBlue is an entity that unifies students all across the University of Kentucky’s campus through the fight against pediatric cancer. It gives students the opportunity to become a part of something that is so much bigger than themselves.

“DanceBlue stands beside the kids and their families through one of the hardest situations they will ever face, providing them a community that they can lean on for hope and support.”

DanceBlue is UK’s largest student-run philanthropy — a year-long fundraising effort involving thousands of UK students, culminating in a 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. All of the money raised by DanceBlue goes to the Golden Matrix Fund and cancer research. Since the organization’s launch in 2006, DanceBlue has raised more than $17,302,043.43 for the kids, providing financial and emotional support for children and families living with childhood cancer.

DanceBlue students volunteer approximately 1,000 hours in the clinic each year. Every week, dozens of students produce smiles and laughter among patients and families during their medical visits at the clinic. Students selflessly give their time every day because of that one phrase that embodies the DanceBlue mission: “For The Kids.”

From University of Kentucky

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