University of Kentucky HealthCare has opened its new cancer clinic for children, a project made possible by thousands of UK students since 2006.
That’s when a 24-hour dance marathon known as DanceBlue started. Since then, students have raised nearly $10 million.
Early in the process, students decided to donate much of the money to Kentucky Children’s Hospital, and in particular its pediatric cancer treatment program.
DanceBlue pledged more than $1 million to support the new DanceBlue Hematology/Oncology Clinic. In addition, students volunteer in the clinic throughout the year.
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The $1.6 million clinic, which opened Monday, is more than 6,000 square feet and is decorated with with a beach theme, including a 300-gallon fish tank and a playpen boat filled with toys. Children can climb in a miniature lighthouse.
Last year, DanceBlue raised $1.6 million. This year’s marathon will start at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and end at 8 p.m. Feb. 26. For more information, go to Danceblue.org.