Dancers will raise money for pediatric cancer clinic at Lady Admirals’ game
By ELLIE DAMPIER
Danville High School
DanceBlue is an event run by students from University of Kentucky that began in 2006. It is a 2- hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that raises money to support the UK Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Clinic.
Danville High School teacher Brent Beauman has decided to bring DanceBlue to Danville, creating Dance Admiral Blue.
When asked about his inspiration to bring this to Danville, he responded with, “Lucy’s fight against cancer has been greatly enhanced by the Dance Blue Clinic. The doctors, nurse and staff are amazing.” Lucy is Beauman’s nine year old daughter who was diagnosed with pre B ALL leukemia last December.
Taylor Ballard, a junior National Honors Society member at Danville High school, said, “I have been been working with Mr. Beauman and other members of National Honor Society to plan the Dance Admiral Blue event.” NHS members are certainly working hard on this event.
Another Danville NHS member, Seth Brunner, said, “It is important to bring this event to Danville because a small town such as ours could really make a difference through such an inspiring event like this.” Many people believe that people in small towns support each other a lot, so we will see how our community comes together for this event.
When asked how they are planning for Dance Admiral Blue, Ballard replied with, “We have been working on various ways to raise money for the clinic, such as handing out donation sheets, selling candy, selling t-shirts, and connecting with businesses that would like to donate.” So there is the possibility of having things for sale that can be purchased for extra support.
Brunner went on to say, “I think the community feels compelled to help raise money for this event because it is a good cause and they want to be a part of this morally good event.” Many people in our community will be a part of this event for this reason.
Beauman stated that, “I would like for us to get close to $5,000 raised between DHS, Bate and Toliver’s events.” It is clear that Beauman is thankful for everything the DanceBlue Clinic has been done for him and his family, and now he would like to thank them in a way that shows just how grateful he is.
Dance Admiral Blue will be held Dec. 7. The Danville Lady Admirals basketball team has their first home game that evening at 7:30 p.m. against Madison Southern. Community members are encouraged to attend the game and see the Dance Admiral Blue Dancers perform at halftime. Monetary donations for the cause will also be accepted at the game. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, checks made out to Dance Blue can be sent to Brent Beauman at Danville High School, 203 E. Lexington Ave., Danville, KY 40422.
Ellie Dampier is a sophomore journalism student at Danville High School.
IF YOU GO
The Dance Admiral Blue Dancers will perform at halftime of the Lady Admirals basketball game on Dec. 7. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at Danville High School. Donations for DanceBlue will be accepted at the game.