Buckeyethon Raises $767,277.78 to Fight Childhood Cancer

By DJ Byrnes on February 16, 2014 at 10:32a

Woody Hayes once told Ohio State students to "Pay it forward," and on the weekend of what would have been his 101st birthday, Buckeye students are showing his lesson is alive and well in Columbus.

Meet Buckeyethon, and its premiere charity dance marathon in the country:

BuckeyeThon is the largest, student-run philanthropy at Ohio State. With an ultimate goal of ending childhood cancer, BuckeyeThon works to raise money to support the kids treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Nationwide Children's Hospital is Columbus, Ohio's Children's Miracle Network Hospital and will treat any child regardless of a family's ability to pay. BuckeyeThon hosts events and activities throughout the year to raise money For The Kids. Its largest event is the annual Dance Marathon which brings together thousands of Buckeyes in The Ohio Union.

This weekend, OSU students raised over $700,000 for the Nationwide Children's Hospital:

Well struck to everyone who organized and participated in this event. Just shows you Ohio State is more than a college; it's a movement.


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Hovenaut's picture

Amazing, well done to all involved.

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PittBuckeye's picture

That's a lot of money, well done. And I felt good donating a dollar to St. Jude's at a restaurant a couple days ago, geez.

PAWEST1202's picture

I participated in Buckeyethon while I was a student at Ohio State (Go Team USG!). The best part of the night was always when they brought in Children from Nationwide midway through the night to give all of the teams a much need lift to finish out the night dancing away. Buckeyethon raises money all year long for  the support on Nationwide Children"s Hospital. I encourage anyone in Columbus to look into participating in this worthy cause.


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M Man's picture

Well words sort of fail in this instance.

From a rival fan to the north, this is one of the greatest charitable acts I've ever known of in our conference.  I tip my maize and blue helmet to The Ohio State University.



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OSU_undergrad's picture

*Maize and blue fedora...

ChillitownBuck30's picture

This is just beyond awesome!  Well done TOSU...well done.

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

This is amazing. This started at OSU less than 10 years ago and it is great to see it picking up steam.  I think we will be challenging Penn State's Thon for total money raised sooner than later.

klfeck's picture

I proudly supported my daughter at this event last year. If anyone reading this regrets missing the chance to support a good cause, the Stefanie Spielman fund is always willing to accept donations. http://cancer.osu.edu/waystogive/about/funds/spielman/Pages/index.aspx

Chris Spielman:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W8395j6N1S4



Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

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tussey's picture

I have been fortunate to participate in a Dance Marathon for all four of my years at Hope College and each one was one of the greatest memories during my time in college.  It is truly remarkable what the students are doing for these kids that have fought so hard and are continuing to fight each day.  I commend all who were involved with the event from the dancers to the moralers to executive committee that did all the planning and behind the scenes work.  You all are amazing.  

Gray Box's picture

BuckeyeThon Dance Marathon at Ohio State University: