Students Raise $1.3M Dancing The Night Away For Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Thousands of Ohio State University students put on their dancing shoes Saturday night to raise money during BuckeyeThon.  This massive dance marathon at the Student Union brings together students for two, 12-hour shifts to raise money for kids in the Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

It was a night worth celebrating.

“Every year it's different but also really rewarding,” said Ohio State senior Brenna Pooler.  This year, she and her team are dancing for a special child and have been in the middle of the dance floor helping to raise money every year. “This year, I know a child who has cancer, so we're sort of doing it for him,” she explains.  

So are thousands of others. Ohio State students have been able to raise millions for kids at Nationwide Children's since BuckeyeThon began more than a decade ago. 

“This is an incredible movement on campus,” said BuckeyeThon President Vick Chhabria.  He calls it a celebration of life, and lot of hard work and sacrifices are made to make the event a success.

“At the end of the day, you know how important this is because the kids in our community need our help.  When you see the smiles on their faces, when you see their spirits light up; you know it's worth it.”  

More than $1.2 million was raised last year alone - the first year the fundraiser has broken the seven-figure mark.

That's why each year, Brenna and her team keep coming back to help raise money for children battling life threatening illnesses.

“[I'm] so proud, and all of our hard work wasn't for nothing,” Pooler added. “It keeps us standing.”

BuckeyeThon organizers tell 10TV more than 4,800 students registered for this year's marathon.  The grand total raised for this year’s BuckeyeThon was $1,338,872.37.​