raiseRED participants holding up numbers to reveal the total raised, $551,954.66.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, raiseRED brought in more than $550,000 to support pediatric cancer and blood disorders research and patient services.

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UofL’s largest student-run philanthropy once again hit it out of the park.

raiseRED, an annual dance marathon that benefits UofL’s Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology and the Norton Children’s Cancer Institute outpatient clinic, generated more than $551,000 Feb. 24-25. This brings the cumulative total raised over the 10-year history of the event to more than $4.6 million.

Participants raise a minimum of $200 per person to participate, with many raising even more.

The 18-hour event featured dancing and a few other events-within-the event, such as:

  • Buzz for the Cure: A long-standing raiseRED tradition, students pledge to shave their head, or do a major chop, during the dance marathon if they reach their fundraising goal.
  • Angel Hour: The people in participants’ lives who have been impacted by cancer and blood disorders are recognized and remembered. 
  • Mail Call: Letters of support from participants’ loved ones are read to cheer them on.
  • Neon Silent Disco: The speaker system goes silent and participants wear headphones to dance to music only they can hear.
  • And new this year: The Hypnotic Experience. Hypnotist ‘TG’ Rivers will tap participants to be hypnotized to entertain the crowd.

It’s the cause, however, of battling childhood cancer and blood disorders that is the core of the effort, said raiseRED Executive Director Valerie Tran, a senior majoring in industrial engineering.

“raiseRED is a year-long effort to help children with cancer and blood disorders in the Louisville area, and I’m so humbled to see the courage these kids show,” Tran said. “I know what we are doing and the funds we raise can make a difference in the lives of these children and their families every day.”