McConnell Scholars participate in raiseRED dance marathon

(March 11, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - More than McConnell Scholars dance for 18 hours to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
McConnell Scholars participate in raiseRED dance marathon

Chloe Zoeller, junior McConnell Scholar, with Chase, a cancer survivor

McConnell Scholars participated in raiseRED, the University of Louisville’s 18-hour dance marathon Feb. 27-28 celebrating a year of supporting UofL's clinical and medical research efforts.

raiseRED is the only student-run organization to support the clinical and medical research efforts at UofL. Students raised more than $226,613 this year, which will support the work of Ken Lucas, MD, of the university's pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplant program.

At the raiseRED dance marathon, UofL students danced with pediatric cancer patients and survivors, as well as their families. Participants enjoyed dance-offs, relay races, face-painting and other activities through the night. UofL's Katie George, recently crowned Miss Kentucky USA, as well as the university’s women’s soccer team, performed for the kids during the event.

Since its inception, McConnell Scholars have been active in UofL’s dance marathon. More than 10 participated this year.

  • Chloe Zoeller, a junior studying Spanish, political science, and Latin American and Latino Studies, served as an executive team leader for the “orange team,” which placed second overall among the 16 competing student teams.
  • Macey Mayes, a freshman McConnell Scholar pursuing a dual major in political science and English, led the winning independent team with the most fundraising.
  • Nine McConnell Scholars served as volunteers or participated in the dance marathon.
  • Toree Parrish, a 2007 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, serves as campus liaison for raiseRED.