This weekend I participated in BuckeyeThon 2013, and it is easily my favorite day at Ohio State so far.
For those who don’t know, BuckeyeThon is a 24 hour dance marathon held at the Ohio Union that raises money for fighting pediatric cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. There are two shifts of dancers, one from 8pm-8am Friday night/Saturday morning, and one from 11am-11pm (For those of you keeping score at home, there is technically a 3 hour break in there.) I was the 2nd shift, so I danced from 11am-11pm on Saturday.
I was on the Purple Team (Purple Swag!), and throughout the event, we competed against the other colors. Besides dancing, there were competitions, games, arts and crafts, and a lot of food! Many of the kids undergoing treatment at the hospital were also there with their families.
The entire dance marathon ended up raising
$608,623.29 for the hospital.When they revealed this number at 11pm Saturday, I got chills. Knowing that I had just a small part in that is an amazing feeling.
I would highly recommend that everyone participate in BuckeyeThon at least once. Standing up for 12 hours is definitely worth it when you see the smile on those kids’ faces.
One of the kids sponsored by Purple Team, Malakai