Nearly 800 students participated this year
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 29, 2016) — University of Kentucky’s DanceBlue, a 24-hour event to raise money to benefit children with cancer and their families and cancer research, raised $1,631,067.49 this weekend.
Nearly 800 students participated in the 24-hour dance event.
The event, which raised $123,323.16 in its first year in 2006, has totaled $9.8 million to the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The event has increased its take each year.
“DanceBlue has opened my eyes to a whole new way of serving my community,” said Erica Shipley, 2016 overall chair. “It’s an amazing organization because it’s mutually beneficial. DanceBlue allows students to be involved in something bigger than themselves. Dancers get to partake in the celebration of life and watch the kids at the marathon forget about the worries of cancer. All parties involved are impacted. Over the past 24 hours, we have been one campus united for one cause and it has been awesome.”