LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2018) — The DanceBlue 2018 marathon is this week! From 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday, more than 900 University of Kentucky students will fill the floor of Memorial Coliseum in pursuit of a cure for pediatric cancer.
While many dub the marathon day the “best day of the year,” this day is an amazing expression of DanceBlue’s motto: "For The Kids." The 24-hour dance marathon, which involves no sitting or sleeping, allows UK students to stand in solidarity with children and their families battling pediatric cancer.
Whether you’re a student, faculty, employee or just interested in seeing what DanceBlue is, you’re welcome to come by and watch from the stands at any point in the marathon.
Please enter Memorial Coliseum through the Lexington Avenue entrance. Visitors will be guided to general seating where you can view the marathon.
See below for some of the best times to stop by:
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17
The dance marathon officially starts with a countdown to stand, a pep rally-like environment and learning the famous DanceBlue line dance.
DanceBlue Line Dance
Saturday, Feb. 17–Sunday, Feb. 18
At the top of every hour of the marathon, DanceBlue celebrates with the famous line dance.
5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18
Talent Show hour features children from the clinic, alongside clinic staff and UK students.
Celebration of Life
6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18
Celebration of Life hour is a memorial hour for families to share their stories about how cancer has affected their lives. DanceBlue remembers those who have lost their battles against cancer.
Fundraising Total Reveal
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18
During the last hour of the marathon, the 2018 DanceBlue fundraising total will be revealed.
DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky's 24-hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund. The DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic opened its brand new facility in 2017 after a complete renovation funded solely from DanceBlue. For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit www.danceblue.org. Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblue and Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKDanceBlue.
UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue