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DanceBlue Announces 2017 Marathon Date

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2016) — DanceBlue announced that the 2017 dance marathon will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and conclude 24 hours later, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The countdown toward the "best day of the year" has officially begun! 

The 2017 marathon will serve as a celebration of 364 days of hard work For The Kids and the brand new DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology clinic opening in January. The new DanceBlue clinic has been a four-year project funded by the students involved in DanceBlue.

“With the new DanceBlue KCH Hematology/Oncology Clinic opening in January, this year has been a fantastic representation of our long-term commitment to fight, For the Kids,” Overall DanceBlue Chair Richie Simpson said.

“Our committee has worked tirelessly to provide support for the families through a variety of capacities in the clinic. Each day they continue to show that the University of Kentucky will stand with them until cancer is cured.”

DanceBlue is UK’s 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Now in its 12th year, DanceBlue has raised more than $9.8 million for pediatric cancer research and child-life efforts.

For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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. For more information about the CCO, visit

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