As UK alums and loyal supporters of DanceBlue, you will find it heartwarming to know that UK alum Erin Priddy ’09 AS has taken the spirit of DanceBlue even further.
Priddy, along with her sister Jenny Jackson ’06 CIS, ’08 ’10 ED, organized DanceMaroon, a dance marathon benefiting the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic. The event was held at Ballard High School in Louisville on April 22 and raised over $18,000!
Priddy, currently a student at the University of Louisville Medical School, was the 2009 DanceBlue overall chair, and also served as special events chair and historian during her time at UK. Jackson, a school psychologist for Jefferson County Public Schools, was the marketing chair for the first DanceBlue held in 2006 and was also a graduate assistant for DanceBlue previously.
Priddy decided to organize DanceMaroon based on the profound influence of her experiences with DanceBlue. “After working with DanceBlue at UK I entered medical school wanting to pursue pediatric oncology,” says Priddy. “There are other specialties in the running, but pediatric hematology and oncology is still at the top of the list.” She says the idea of mini dance marathons began with the 2007 DanceBlue leadership team. It has proven to be a terrific way for both sisters to stay involved with DanceBlue, even after leaving UK’s campus.
“DanceBlue meant so much to my college experience and guided my career path today,” says Priddy. “It was my hope that students at Ballard would also be greatly impacted through their participation in such an event. It was so rewarding to see all of the students celebrate their hard work when the $18,497.22 total was held up during the reveal.”
The funds raised from DanceMaroon will help pay the salaries for two social workers in the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic, help provide funding for research and contribute to long-term follow up studies.