Despite being shortened by 12 hours because of the weekend's stormy weather, the annual DanceBlue dance marathon succeeded in raising $834,425 for pediatric cancer services.
That's up from the $673,977 raised last year.
Participants in the University of Kentucky student-run event normally spend 24 hours without sleeping or sitting — just dancing their socks off at Memorial Coliseum.
This year's event was originally scheduled to run from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday, but the nearly 700 dancers started dancing at 8 a.m. Saturday morning instead.
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Students from 100 UK student organizations participated.
"This year's marathon may have been half as long as we planned, but that doesn't change our spirit or change our cause," Clay Stanley, a UK senior and the 2012 overall chairman, said in a news release. "Whether we dance for two minutes or 24 hours, we are happy to be here together, united to stand against cancer."
Since its inception in 2006, DanceBlue has raised more than $3 million for the Golden Matrix Fund, which benefits patients and families of the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic. It directly funds two social workers who help connect families affected by childhood cancer with resources that can help them.