Ohio State’s BuckeyeThon raised $1.7 million for pediatric cancer

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The BuckeyeThon 2019 Dance Marathon raised more than $1.7 million for pediatric cancer Saturday at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“We all have such busy lives, and we’re all involved in so many different things but for all of us to all be together for one day for one cause, it’s like really special,” said OSU junior Isabel Hysing.

It’s a moment like no other on Ohio State’s campus: from Friday morning until Saturday night nearly 5,000 students danced at the Ohio Union and understood the importance of why they do it — to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer at Nationwide Childrens’ Hospital.

“The energy’s electric. I mean people come in here they want to have fun they want to have a great time, but they also know why they’re here,” Bill Tucker “They also know that they worked hard to get here, fundraising throughout the entire year.”

The money raised this year adds to the already $8.1 million the university has raised for Nationwide Childrens’ Hospital since this event began.

Hysing said she’s been a part of this event for three years and her reason is simple.

“I spent a lot of summers working at a summer camp, and I’ve gotten to know families a lot, and I just can’t imagine what it would be like to have a child who’s sick,” said Hysing.

She added it’s always been a dream of hers to make an impact in her community.

“I think coming to a big school, I always wanted to do something bigger than myself.”

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