Children with chronic illnesses show off at the KUDM talent show

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At the KU Dance Marathon, participants stand on their feet all day in an effort to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. KU Students perform the majority of the time through dances and games to entertain and support the children. But for the talent show, the tables turn and the children take the reins.

A group of kids showcased their talents while the large crowd of KU students watched, cheered on and even joined in.

“It’s just a way for the kids to perform for us,” said Shelby Lemon, a KUDM committee member. “While all day we’re performing for them and dancing for them, now they get to have us as an audience.”

All the money raised at this event will directly benefit the children who performed in the talent show, along with many more in the Lawrence area.

“One of the kids who danced in the talent show, Brendan, has been through so much for a 7-year-old,” said Kathleen Gerber, a KUDM participant. “For one child to go through all the surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy is incredible. He’s still here, he’s still smiling.”

The children’s talents ranged from singing and dancing to martial arts.

KUDM participant Olivia sings "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." She was accompanied by several KU students.
KUDM participant Olivia sings “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” She was accompanied by several KU students.
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