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DanceBlue 2024 breaks record, raises $2,129,952 for the kids

More than 800 UK students participated in this year's record-breaking fundraiser, standing for 24 hours inside Rupp Arena. Carter Skaggs | UKphoto
More than 800 UK students participated in this year's record-breaking fundraiser, standing for 24 hours inside Rupp Arena. Carter Skaggs | UKphoto

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2024) — Dance moves memorized and sharp. Aching feet. Voices cheering. Smiles ear to ear. Hearts filled with joy.

These are just some of the sights of the 2024 DanceBlue marathon. Beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, more than 800 University of Kentucky students stood inside Rupp Arena for 24 hours in solidarity with the patients and families of the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

It was all in celebration of this year’s record-breaking DanceBlue fundraising total: $2,129,952.87. With this year’s total, DanceBlue has raised more than $22 million “for the kids” since it began in 2006.

Many dancers on the floor this weekend spent their entire school year fundraising and attending DanceBlue events to gain spirit points to secure their place on the floor of the 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon.

“The marathon is a heartwarming sight,” said Caroline Sumner, DanceBlue 2024 overall chair and UK senior studying neuroscience. “It's hard to put into words, but it really is so much more than an organization or another fundraiser. It's a way of life, we spread joy.”

Traditionally the marathon is held at Memorial Coliseum. This year, due to ongoing renovations, dancers moved all night long on the floor of Rupp Arena.

DanceBlue was founded in 2006 in memory of clinic patient Jarrett Mynear. His final request to his parents was to do something to help the clinic.

“Our goal is to inspire hope and keep fighting until every single kiddo triumphantly rings the bell,” said Sumner. “In the meantime, we do everything we can to support them. Jarrett Mynear said it best, ‘In a moment of joy there is healing,’ and DanceBlue really is the embodiment of joy.”

After 19 years of standing for the kids, DanceBlue continues to spread joy to those fighting, honor the lives lost and celebrate every victory until children no longer have to fight against pediatric cancer.

For more information on this year’s marathon, or how you can get involved next year, visit

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. Over $22 million has been raised since 2006, making DanceBlue one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the South-Eastern Conference. For more information about DanceBlue, registration information, or to support its efforts, please visit and connect with DanceBlue on Instagram, FaceBook, and X.

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