BuckeyeThon Raises More Than $608,000 for Nationwide Childrens Hospital

February 13, 2013

BuckeyeThon, the annual dance marathon, which took place Friday and Saturday in the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University, raised $608,623 for Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital — an increase of nearly 34 percent from last year’s donation of more than $450,000.

“On behalf of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, our entire staff and our patient families, I want to thank the students of Ohio State who participated in BuckeyeThon,” said Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD, division chief of Hematology/Oncology/BMT at Nationwide Children’s. “For these students to dedicate their time to support our patient families, speaks volumes. With their support, our pediatric cancer team here at Nationwide Children’s is able to continue providing the highest quality of care to the patients and families we serve.”

BuckeyeThon had more than 3,600 registered dancers this year which was double the amount of participants from 2012 and marked one of the largest dance marathons in the history of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – an organization serving nearly 170 children’s hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.

Throughout the year, BuckeyeThon strives to raise money to support the patients and families treated in Hematology/Oncology/BMT at Nationwide Children’s. Committee members, dancers and volunteers participate in events throughout the year culminating in a dance marathon to both monetarily support the patients and make them feel extra special.

During the last decade, BuckeyeThon has grown to become the premier philanthropic organization and a signature event at Ohio State. Since its inception, BuckeyeThon has raised nearly $2 million for Nationwide Children’s.

Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital consists of a staff of physicians, surgeons, physician/clinician scientists and nurses who provide a comprehensive approach to treatment. The team offers diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management to neonates through age 30 and older. The goal is to create an environment where patients can achieve optimal health while being treated for acute and chronic blood disorders and cancer.

Hematology/Oncology/BMT at Nationwide Children’s is a member institution of the Children’s Oncology Group and the Therapeutic Advances for Childhood Leukemia consortium. The program partners with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The James Comprehensive Cancer Center, which includes the National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center designation. The BMT program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.