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March 10, 2016

UK Law students cut loose on the dance floor last month for UK’s 11th annual DanceBlue marathon – the most successful student-run philanthropic event to date!

The team of dancers, made up of Lindsey Anderson, Hillary Chambers, Travers Manley and Devan Trenkamp, did not sit or sleep as they boogied for 24-hours in Memorial Coliseum, all to support pediatric cancer.

“I think it’s the best thing that happens at this university – it makes an incredible impact,” said Team Captain Travers Manley.

DanceBlue helps to fight for a cause that hits close to home for most, and for Manley, it’s no different. He has a personal connection with Jennifer Mynear, co-founder of DanceBlue and mother of Jarrett Mynear, whose battle with cancer served as the inspiration to begin the event. While being heavily involved in DanceBlue during his four years as an undergrad, the 3L had the privilege of building a lasting friendship with her.

“Looking back on my time as an undergrad, it was one of the best experiences of my college career,” said Manley.

With the eagerness and motivation to keep dancing for a cure, Manley formed the College of Law’s first DanceBlue team last year. Students, faculty and staff members have answered the teams’ call to action by making monetary donations. This year, the team raised $2,020.28, bringing the two-year total to $5,327.28. The money raised by the College of Law team contributed to this year’s record total of $1,631,067.49.

Even though Manley’s time at UK is quickly coming to an end, he is passing the torch to a new team captain, leaving the team in good hands and preparing for next year.

“It’s a little thing the College of Law can do For The Kids,” said Manley.

DanceBlue is a year long fundraising effort, culminating in a 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping Dance Marathon right in the heart of UK’s campus. All of the efforts support the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic through the Golden Matrix Fund. To learn more or to donate, visit