LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The 17th UK DanceBlue marathon raised $1,430,497.39.
The annual 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon returned in 2022 to raise money for the DanceBlue KCH Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Kentucky Children's Hospital.
With limited spectators this year, and in accordance with the university’s COVID-19 guidelines, over 550 UK students came together for the event.
This year's event was in-person for the first time since 2020.
We spoke to a recent UK graduate about what it takes to make it through the event.
"Just remembering what you're doing it for. Everybody who's on the floor knows that they didn't just raise money for a fun event this weekend; they raised it for a kid, for a family, for someone who needs it. For people down the street at the hospital fighting for their lives, you know? That's what we stand for, for 24 hours. It's bigger than you as the individual dancer. It's for a great cause. So as long as you keep that in the back of your mind you can't go wrong," said Bobby Wilking, UK Class of 2019.
DanceBlue took place 8 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday.