COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University's student organization, BuckeyeThon, raised over $1.6 million for Nationwide Children's Hospital this year.
BuckeyeThon is a yearly dance marathon that occurs every winter at The Ohio State University. Students raise money for pediatric cancer to participate.
This year the dancers in BuckeyeThon raised $1,603,437.49. The money will go to help children with cancer at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Last year BuckeyeThon raised $1,510,036.39 "for the kids."
The mission of BuckeyeThon is to create awareness and raise funds for children with cancer. As an official program of the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University, BuckeyeThon focuses on children being treated in the Hematology/Oncology/BMT Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
According to the organization's website, BuckeyeThon was founded by Rosa Ailabouni in 1999, and the first dance marathon was held in 2002. Ailabouni is a 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University.
The vision of BuckeyeThon is to end pediatric cancer.