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Contact: Felix Alonso, BuckeyeThon Advisor,

BuckeyeThon is Ohio State’s largest, student-run philanthropy with the ultimate goal of ending childhood cancer. With over 5,000 participants a year, BuckeyeThon works year round to raise money to support the kids treated on the Hematology/Oncology/BMT department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. BuckeyeThon hosts events and activities throughout the year to raise money For The Kids, the largest of which is the Dance Marathon, where students dance for 24 hours in celebration of the fundraising efforts for the entire year.

BuckeyeThon’s Dance Marathon is the largest event of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon movement. To date, over 250 schools nationwide host their own marathons for local hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Dance Marathon mission statement explains why volunteers dance and stand for hours: “We dance for those who can’t.” It is this solidarity to – and connection with – the cause that makes Dance Marathon an event unlike any other.

Since BuckeyeThon was founded in 2001, BuckeyeThon has raised over $3.7 million For The Kids at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, with over $1.23 million raised in our 2014-2015 fundraising year. 

Get Involved with BuckeyeThon

Dance Marathon: Students can participate in the annual Dance Marathon by registering as a BuckeyeThon dancer.

Team Captain: Each dancer and fundraiser registers as part of a team. A team captain is chosen to lead each team’s fundraising efforts and help provide team members with tools to stay involved with BuckeyeThon events throughout the year.

BuckeyeThon’s General Body Membership: Students interested in helping plan, market and execute BuckeyeThon events can apply in the fall to be part of the BuckeyeThon General Body.

BuckeyeThon Events: In addition to the annual Dance Marathon, BuckeyeThon holds events throughout the year including the BuckeyeThon Fashion Show, Miracle Miles 5K and CarnOval.

Donate to BuckeyeThon

Every donation made to BuckeyeThon helps bring a child one step closer to beating cancer, because Every Kid Deserves to be a Buckeye.