LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Even for college kids used to pulling
all-nighters, this was a bit much.
About 500 Kentucky students spent 24 hours over the weekend
dancing, playing games and fooling around as part of the DanceBlue
marathon, which requires participants to play around for a full day
without sitting down.
"I'm in so much pain I can hardly stand it," said participant
Heather Stewell. "But it's the best I've ever felt."
Stewell's sore feet helped the third-annual event raise nearly
$425,000 for the University of Kentucky's Pediatric Oncology
Clinic. That's almost double last year's total.
The weary dancers got one final donation from UK basketball
coach Billy Gillispie, who pledged $10,000 to the clinic just
before the finale. An emotional Gillispie praised the toughness of
the children who are patients at the clinic.
"You hear how tough I am all the time, and I'm real proud of my
toughness," Gillispie said. "(But) I wish I had one-tenth of the
toughness these kids and their parents have."