FOR THE KIDS!!!
That’s BuckeyeThon’s motto and driving mission. BuckeyeThon is the annual 24 hour dance marathon to fight pediatric cancer by raising money to fund research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year more than 2,000 Buckeyes raised over $1.7 million.
In November students sign up, join a team and pledge to raise at least $250 for the cure. This may sound like a lot, but by asking friends and family, posting an Instagram “bingo board,” hosting a bake sale or conducting other fundraisers, it’s an achievable feat. And it’s for such a worthy cause.
On February 8, teams decked out in either blue, green, orange, red, pink or black met at the union for their 12-hour shift. At opening ceremonies, Dr. J spoke, as did BuckeyeThon president Imran Nuri. The Bish family also spoke about their son Sam, who lost his fight to osteosarcoma ten years ago, when he was just nine years old.
It was an inspirational kickoff, which quickly turned into a night full of dancing. I saw incredible performances by the Irish dance team and the jump rope team. Genesis — a Bollywood fusion dance team — also performed and were amazing.
Throwing it back to my favorite junior high summer camp game, I got to play a lot of gaga ball. It was fun competing against Buckeyes in bandannas, tutus and tanks from all the different colored teams.
The silent disco was my favorite part. We went into a room and put on a headset playing one of three different music stations, which you could switch between. Everyone was singing and dancing to different songs, and it was fun to see which songs your friends picked so you could switch over and dance along with them.
This was my first year doing BuckeyeThon, and I can guarantee I’ll do it again next year. Besides being a ton of fun, raising money for pediatric cancer research is so important. I loved being a part of this cause and fundraising money to eradicate cancer…for the kids!
The green team cheer was “Green team fighting machine!” (PHOTO BY KAPCAR)