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Meet Natalie...


Natalie is a BuckeyeThon Member who is no stranger to Nationwide Children's Hospital... Her father, Dr. Timothy Cripe, is the Division Chief of the Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Department at Nationwide Children's!


I have known about BuckeyeThon and the impact it has on the community since my freshman year of high school because my dad is the Chief of the Hematology/ Oncology/ Bone Marrow Transplant Division at Nationwide Children's Hospital, which is where BuckeyeThon's fundraising goes. Growing up, I would constantly hear my dad talk about how hard it was to get medical funding. However, when we moved to Columbus and learned about BuckeyeThon then he started talking about how important the money that BuckeyeThon raises is. He explained that it allows them to make research and psychosocial service advances that actually saves lives. The money given by BuckeyeThon to the Hospital is truly treasured. When I arrived to Ohio State, I immediately knew I had to join the movement of BuckeyeThon because I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to directly help change the lives of people in my community. Having the background that I do has impacted my BuckeyeThon experience because it allows me to not lose focus of our mission and the true value of the work that is being done. Not a week goes by where my dad doesn’t tell me his appreciation for what the students of Ohio State are doing through BuckeyeThon, because the ripples that BuckeyeThon creates are changing the world.