Ohio State Lima students dance their way into first BuckeyeThon
Ohio State Lima will be experiencing a big first this semester. More than 20 students will make up the campus’ first team participating in the annual BuckeyeThon in Columbus on Feb. 8-9, 2019.
BuckeyeThon is the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of Ohio. Its mission is to create awareness and raise funds for children with cancer with a focus on the children being treated in the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. The 2018 effort raised a record-breaking $1.6 million. The 2019 goal is $2 million.
While BuckeyeThon hosts a variety of events throughout the year, those efforts culminate with its signature event – the Dance Marathon at the Ohio Union, a 24-hour celebration of hope and fun filled with music, games and a red carpet for kids who have been treated with pediatric illnesses.
“We are creating an adventure with students I already knew and many who joined us in this effort to fight childhood cancer,” said Sarah Mackesy, a senior in social work of Indian Lake and BuckeyeThon team captain. “We have the drive and passion to help others with their fight and hope to have fun and create lasting friendships in the process.”
In addition to training and research, the money raised by BuckeyeThon funds the psychosocial services that help kids forget about their cancer for a while. These include everything from art and music therapy to massage and help with school work.
“It all comes back to the rewarding impact of service, seeing the positive effect it has on others and on yourselves,” Mackesy said. “Service has been a big part of my college experience. Helping others will help me as I move forward in the social work field. In service, you learn to be empathetic and open minded to the needs of others.”
Working toward a goal of ending childhood cancer is laudable in its own right, but the benefits go beyond that for Ohio State students. BuckeyeThon seeks to achieve its mission with programs that enhance the student experience, promote the value of philanthropy, establish a spirit of service and cultivate relationships between students, employees and the community. All of those elements feed directly into Ohio State Lima’s campus-wide service initiative, the WeServe program, that encourages students and employees to volunteer.
“It is inspiring to see Ohio State Lima students take the initiative to plan for something like BuckeyeThon and then make it happen,” said Shane McCrory, Ohio State Lima director of student life. “Our students are very service focused. They are turning themselves into outstanding citizens who truly care about their communities, the campus and each other. They put that care into action.”
At the seven-day out point, the Ohio State Lima team has raised $5,354. The students will continue to raise awareness and funds for BuckeyeThon in the week leading up to the dance marathon with a Mini BuckeyeThon on Feb. 4, a dodgeball tournament on Feb. 5, a basketball spectacular on Feb. 7, and a student versus staff basketball game Feb. 8.
Donations can be made online through 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9 at buckeyethon.osu.edu. The team name is Lima Campus.
BuckeyeThon Week at Ohio State Lima
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, The Webb
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bake sale
Noon-2 p.m. Mini BuckeyeThon
5:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 5, 2019, Cook Hall Gym
Dodgeball Tournament. $25 for a co-ed team of five. Spectators also welcome.
5:30 p.m., Thur., Feb. 7, 2019, Cook Hall Gym
Basketball Spectacular including dunk contest, three-point contest and Buck-A-Shot half court contest. Open to the public.
5:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, Cook Hall Gym
Students versus Staff Basketball Game