LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – One of the University of Kentucky’s greatest traditions occurs on Saturday. The British company DanceBlue raises money for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The school has raised more than $ 17 million for childhood cancer treatment and research.
This is the 16th year of the UK DanceBlue dance marathon. The tradition is changing due to the pandemic restrictions, but a new event has been added.
Usually the DanceBlue marathon consists of more than 1,000 people who are accommodated in one room. This year everything is virtual. Dancers will join through Zoom to raise funds.
A personal element was added this year. British education students taught dance at William Wells Brown Elementary School. More than $ 2,000 and lots of smiles were donated on behalf of the school. DanceBlue director Allie Holt is happy that the organization is flourishing.
“Just because the world could stop, cancer never does and neither does DanceBlue,” said Holt. “To be in an organization with college students who have such a big heart to help people and children who need it so badly is really special to be a part of.”
The dance marathon starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m.
Since students cannot volunteer with patients in the hospital this year, they started a pen pals program and hosted zoom parties for cancer patients and their families.
Great Britain @ UKDanceBlue Dance marathon is a 16 year old tradition! This year it will be different because of the pandemic, but a new event has been added.
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