Cancer survivor shares story during Dance Big Red’s week in Commonwealth Cup


Four rival Bluegrass universities, including WKU, are joining forces to raise money for a good cause. 

“Three other schools in Kentucky: UK, U of L and Bellarmine University,” said Dance Big Red Executive Co-Chair Madison Feria. 

“It really shows that there’s four universities in the Commonwealth pairing up for one cause and that’s to benefit children’s health,” said Dance Big Red Executive Co-Chair Tyler Beyke. 

Dance Big Red at Western Kentucky University is participating in the Commonwealth Cup for the first year ever. 

The four schools have a goal of raising $100,000 this week through campus events to fight pediatric cancer at Norton Children’s. 

“I was at an ACT prep class on April 11th and I got a really bad headache,” said Jennah Blair. 

Blair is a freshman at WKU. During her junior year of high school she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and went into the care of Norton Children’s. 

Her brother, Luke, was a freshman at WKU when she was going through treatment. 

“Going back around May and seeing what she’s been through was a shock to me,” said Luke Blair. 

He decided to participate in Dance Big Red on campus in honor of his sister.

“They were raising money for Norton Children’s and I was thinking they basically saved my little sister’s life. I think about all the other stories I see and I think they should have the same opportunity my sister had,” said Luke. 

Blair successfully finished chemo and radiation and is now a cancer survivor. 

She hopes the Commonwealth Cup and Dance Big Red raises money to help others who battle cancer. 

“Cancer is very hard but when you’re in the right place it can make it a lot easier,” said Jennah.