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'Behind the Blue': A Tradition of Care and Support With DanceBlue

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2022) DanceBlue is a University of Kentucky student-run organization that fundraises year-round and culminates in a 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon.

The money raised through DanceBlue is donated to the Golden Matrix Fund, established to support the kids of the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic both today and well into the future through an endowment. The Golden Matrix Fund was created to benefit the clinic’s patients and families, by providing care, support, and comfort for the kids and their families.

DanceBlue funds also support the year-long fundraising engine and operations that underpin the mission, as well as supporting research at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Through more than 15 years of DanceBlue, more than $18 million has been raised to support this cause.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," DanceBlue Overall Chair Nick Joseph and Marketing Chair Jennifer Derk talk about their personal experiences with DanceBlue, the impact the event has on the UK community, and more.

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