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So You Want to Make a Difference?

 Written by    February 15, 2017


It has been three days and I am still recovering from my twelve-hour shift of BuckeyeThon. After standing on my feet all through the night, I am exhausted. However, I have never been more excited to talk about BuckeyeThon. So, I have decided to take a quick moment to tell you all about one of Ohio State’s most popular and successful fundraising events.

Each year, universities around the country put on “dance marathons” in order to raise money for pediatric cancer.  Unlike those other universities, Ohio State hosts one of the largest dance marathons in the country.  Our dance marathon has been termed “BuckeyeThon,” and in a short twelve hours, it has easily become one of my favorite aspects about Ohio State.

In my opinion, BuckeyeThon is a great opportunity for new students to either join a new organization or support a great cause. Buckeyethon can be found at the involvement fair where students can sign up to be a general body member, a team captain, or a morale dance leader. All of these positions are actual seats on the Buckeyethon team. This club hosts weekly meetings where members discuss the thousands of logistics that go into planning the dance marathon.

If you aren’t ready to join the club yet, your next best option is to join a team! You can grab your friends, your dorm, or your student organization and form a dance team. Whatever you decide to do, you will be making a huge difference in the lives of pediatric cancer patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

After pestering my family, friends, and social media followers, I was able to raise enough money to participate in BuckeyeThon with my student organization and best friends. Our dance marathon is so much more than dancing. I met cancer survivors, danced with patients, made cards and pillows for Nationwide, took Zumba and kickboxing classes, played with puppies, watched music and dance groups, and so much more. Standing for twelve hours has never been so worth it.

At the end of the marathon, we had raised $1,510,036.39 for the kids. If you want to be involved in such a huge movement, come to Ohio State and dance the night away to end pediatric cancer.  

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