DanceBlue 2019 raises nearly $1.9 million to support kids battling cancer
On the night of March 3, 2019, nearly 1,000 UK students jumped and cheered in response to the amazing work that came to fruition. With joyful hearts and tired feet, the dancers at the 2019 DanceBlue Marathon lasted 24 hours of no sitting and no sleeping in honor of the tireless pursuit of finding the cure for pediatric cancer.
In its 14th year, DanceBlue was ecstatic to reveal its fundraising total of $1,880,954.88. While the amount of money is always something amazing to recognize, DanceBlue doesn’t focus on how big or small that total is. DanceBlue focuses on the way that money can be used to support the children and families battling pediatric cancer in the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Students volunteer approximately 1,000 hours in the clinic each year.
“DanceBlue matters because cancer is real, and no one, especially a kid, should have to fight through it alone," said Tyler Ward, DanceBlue overall chair. "At DanceBlue, we seek to provide hope, support and joy for the kids and their families. Although DanceBlue 2019 is over, DanceBlue never stops. We will continue to fight for the kids!"
DanceBlue is UK's largest student-run philanthropy – a yearlong fundraising effort that involves thousands of UK students and culminates in a 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. All of the money raised by DanceBlue goes to the Golden Matrix Fund and cancer research. Since the organization's launch in 2006, DanceBlue has raised more than $15,301,853.23 to help provide financial and emotional support for children and families living with pediatric cancer.