As its annual 24-hour dance marathon ended Sunday, UK DanceBlue announced it had raised more than $1.4 million for the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The total topped last year's by more than $300,000.
Hannah Simms, spokeswoman for the student-led organization at the University of Kentucky, said the organization didn't set a fundraising target. "Our main goal is to provide all the care for the families so they can get everything they need in the clinic," she said.
UK DanceBlue posted a picture on its Twitter page Sunday that showed the numbers for this year's fundraising total, $1,436,606.24, written on large cards and being by a few of the 836 students who participated in the event. An accompanying message said: "Thank you to all that participated & made this possible. We are forever grateful & together we'll kick cancer's butt!"
Since UK Dance Blue began it 2006, it has raised more than $6.5 million for the Golden Matrix Fund, which supports the clinic.