Campus News

DanceBlue Raises $636,638.58



LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 6, 2010) – With sore feet, worn-out bodies and emotions running high, committee members revealed a grand fundraising total of $636,638.58 at the fifth annual DanceBlue dance marathon to a crowd of several thousand people.

Whether participating as a dancer, volunteer, committee member or even just a supporter, DanceBlue is something no one ever forgets, especially the last few hours. With a family talent show featuring children from the clinic and an emotional memorial hour to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer, the reveal tonight was a much anticipated moment for so many people at UK.

It all began in 2006 by raising $123,323.16 and has increased every year. With this year's total, DanceBlue has contributed more than $2 million dollars to the Golden Matrix Fund and the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic.

Nearly 600 dancers completed DanceBlue. All of the money raised at this annual 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon benefits children with cancer and their families and cancer research.

Kayla Talbot, a senior from Albany, Ky., and DanceBlue family relations co-chair, reflected on what DanceBlue means to her, "It is physical. It is emotional. It is an eye opening experience that affects your heart, mind and body."

Everyone at DanceBlue was there for a reason this weekend. They were there for a cure, for hope and most importantly, for the kids.