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Kids and Cause Questions

For whom does BuckeyeThon raise money?

BuckeyeThon raises money for the kids and families of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, specifically in the Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant department.


What is Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH)?

Ranked as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s is one of the nation’s largest non-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative care for infants, children, and adolescents. Located in Columbus, just a few minutes’ drive from campus, NCH is Ohio State's pediatric partner. It partners with the Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital to provide collaborative care to patients.


How does BuckeyeThon connect with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals)?

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a collection of children’s hospitals across the continent. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a part of this network. A division of CMN Hospitals is Miracle Network Dance Marathons. As part of this movement, over 250 universities to raise funds for their local children’s hospitals. Dance Marathon staff advise students at these universities on all things philanthropy, recruiting, and of course Dance Marathon planning! BuckeyeThon is one of these university organizations, and works with CMN Hospitals and other universities throughout the year as part of the movement For The Kids.


Who are the kids and families whom I see at BuckeyeThon events?

BuckeyeThon works with 20 families throughout the year. This year’s BuckeyeThon kids are Corbin, Ben, Carter, Pax, Luke, Avalon, Dominic, Regan, Reid, Sean, Hailey, Samuel, Kinley, Hayden, Josh, and Jermaine. BuckeyeThon also has four angel families this year including the Oliphant Family, the Varughese Family, Bish Family, and the Reeves Family.


Do all BuckeyeThon Kids have cancer?

While many of the BuckeyeThon kids have or have had cancer, this is not true for all of them. All of our kids have been treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for some illness and are able to be involved with BuckeyeThon even if they did not have cancer. This is because BuckeyeThon has not always benefitted the Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Department and some families with non-cancer illness got involved with BuckeyeThon before cancer was its focus.


Are there any BuckeyeThon events at which I can meet families?

BuckeyeThon Families will be at events though out the year! Follow us on social media for updates about where and when you can meet the Kids, and put these events on your calendar:

  • CarnOval: Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Homecoming Parade: Friday, October 5, 2018
  • Fashion Show: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

In addition, when you register for the Dance Marathon, you will be placed on a color team. These color teams are each associated with a couple of BuckeyeThon Kids who you will have the opportunity to spend time with throughout the event:

  • Red: Carter, Corbin, and Ben 
  • Orange: Luke, Pax, and the Oliphant Family
  • Yellow: Avalon and the Varughese Family
  • Green: Dominic and Regan
  • Blue: Sean, Reid, and the Reeves Family
  • Purple: Hailey
  • Pink: Kinley, Samuel and the Bish Family
  • Black: Josh, Hayden, and Jermaine

Fundraising Questions

What is BuckeyeThon's fundraising goal this year?

This year, BuckeyeThon is working to raise more than ever before! United around the feeling of teamwork and passion across the Ohio State Campus, BuckeyeThon wants to be sure that Every Kid Deserves to be a Buckeye. You can play a part in providing this opportunity for all kids by registering to be a Team Member. We ask Team Members to set high personal goals for themselves and become Miracle Makers, which will enable us to support the Kids at NCH more than ever before!


How much money do I have to fundraise in order to attend the Dance Marathon?

This year, the fundraising minimum to attend the Dance Marathon will be $250. Don’t worry! That number is completely attainable—we have lots of great resources to help you fundraise! To see these resources, visit our Fundraising Resources.


Why can't I lower my goal below $1,000?

We are challenging each Team Member to be a Miracle Maker by raising $1,000 this year. Additionally, by setting your goal higher, donors will be more likely to donate more and increase your overall fundraising! This is only a goal, where as the fundraising minimum required to attend the Dance Marathon is $250.


Where can I get extra fundraising help?

Check out our Fundraising Resources on our website (, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to receive updates on fundraising initiatives throughout the year! After you register, you will also receive emails with tips and updates, so reading those will help as well.


To whom do I make out checks?

Please make checks out to BuckeyeThon or The Ohio State University. On the memo line, write BuckeyeThon. If you would like your donation to count towards an individual’s fundraising total, please write that person’s name on the memo line as well.


Where do I drop off/send cash and checks?

Cash and checks can be dropped off at the BuckeyeThon Office (Room 3098 in the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service in Student Life's Ohio Union). Please seal all donations in an envelope labeled with the following:

  1. BuckeyeThon
  2. Participant's Name
  3. Donation Amount

The mailing address is:

      1739 N High Street
      BuckeyeThon Office
      Room 3098
      Columbus, OH

What if I do not fundraise $250?

Only dancers who raise $250 can attend the Dance Marathon. If you need help reaching the dancer fundraising minimum, check out our Fundraising Resources and follow us on social media for fundraising tips and updates.


Do you accept stock as a donation?

Stock can be accepted as a donation to BuckeyeThon, but cannot be transacted through our online fundraising platform, Team Raiser. Please email Connor O’Shaughnessey, Vice President of Finance, at to inquire.


When will my offline donation or check go up on my Team Member's fundraising page?

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue to process a record amount of offline donations. The BuckeyeThon Finance team must process these donations and checks by hand.

  • Offline donations and donations from the purchase of care, spirit, and super packages will take up to two weeks to display on the Team Member's fundraising page. Please note that checks take a couple of weeks to verify.
  • For more information or questions about offline donations, please contact Nate Erickson at

I ordered Merchandise/Merchandise Package for my dancer. When will the donation component become visible on his/her fundraising page?

BuckeyeThon Finance will enter all donations from the package program on a rolling basis (please allow at least two weeks). If you have any questions about merchandise orders, please contact Nate Erickson at

Dance Marathon Questions

Why should I register for the Dance Marathon?

There are a million reasons to register: the crazy amount of fun you will have at the event, the chance to join 5,000 friends in an Ohio State tradition, a night of food and entertainment, the opportunity to take part what many refer to as the highlight of their college experience, the experience of singing Carmen Ohio and standing with thousands of Buckeyes who are working toward the same mission: ending childhood cancer. There are endless reasons to dance, and you can find yours. We have ours: Every Kid Deserves to be a Buckeye.


How do I switch teams?

You can switch teams on your fundraising page by logging into your participant center at the top right corner of the page. If you are having trouble, email and we can help you!


My organization/club/chapter/residence hall wants to create a it too late?

To create a team that is not already listed as one of the team options during registration, please email Nicole Marcus, Director of Campus Engagement, at to learn how. Please note that new teams will only be created for student organizations, residence halls, and Greek chapters; all other participants are asked to join the BuckeyeThon 2018 General Team, all of which are listed as options on the team list!


What color is my team?

As soon as all color team assignments have been finalized, we will post a list here for you to see. Stay tuned!


My friend wants to participate but does not attend Ohio State; can he/she come to the Dance Marathon anyway?

To answer this question briefly: it's complicated. Please email with the specific details of your inquiry and we will do our best to help answer this question.


I attend a regional campus of Ohio State. Can I register for and attend the Dance Marathon?

Absolutely! Register at


When is the Dance Marathon?

Friday, February 8, 2019 and Saturday, February 9, 2019.


How long is the Dance Marathon?

The whole event is 24-hours long, but it is divided into two shifts. Dancers will sign up for one shift of 12 hours, either Scarlet Half (from Friday night 7 pm to Saturday morning at 7 am) or Gray Half (all day Saturday, from 10 am to 10 pm).


I'm not a good dancer! If it is a Dance Marathon, does that mean it is just dancing the whole time?

The Dance Marathon is way more than just dancing! There will be video games, performances from Ohio State student organizations, games and activities like tug of war, Rave Hour, chances to meet with the BuckeyeThon kids and families, and much more! Last year, there were 88 activites and 34 performances over the course of the Dance Marathon.


When is the deadline to register for the Dance Marathon?

Friday, November 16, 2018 by 11:59 PM. After that, you will no longer be able to register to attend the event, but you can still register as a Team Member to fundraise and make an impact For The Kids!


Where do I register?


What is a color team?

At, you’ll register for a team with a student organization—that will be your fundraising team. Then, on the day of the Dance Marathon, multiple student organization teams will be combined to make a color team. Your color team will all be wearing the same color and will compete in different competitions throughout the night, all while championing your color team’s BuckeyeThon Kids. All Team Members on the same student organization team will be on the same color team.


What if I don't have an organization with whom to dance?

If you or a group of your friends want to dance, but are not affiliated with a student organization, you can register directly to the BuckeyeThon 2019 General Team. This will serve as your fundraising team! If you want to make sure you will be with your friends at the Dance Marathon, all you have to do is register for the same team even if you are not affiliated with his or her residence hall or student organization. Don't worry: if all of your friends aren't on the same team, you can still hang out with members of other teams and color teams!


I'll be out of town the weekend of the Dance Marathon, but I want to help! What should I do?

You can still register as a Team Member—You can support our cause and fundraise For The Kids regardless of whether you attend the Dance Marathon! BuckeyeThon also has other events throughout the year, including fundraisers, Team Member meetings, the Fashion Show featuring our BuckeyeThon Kids, and CarnOval.

Registration Questions

Why can I not select a Dance Marathon shift when registering as a Team Member?

BuckeyeThon utilizes a shift selections process for Dance Marathon. The purpose of this transition is to provide a unique and unparalled experience for all Team Members through encouraging Team Members to attend with their teammates. You can read more about the shift selections process here


What if I cannot attend either the Scarlet or the Gray Half of the Dance Marathon?

If you have a conflict that prevents you from attending either of the Dance Marathon shifts (work, travel, etc.), please contact with your name, team, conflict, and prefered shift. We will work through each conflict on a case by case basis. 

TeamRaiser Questions

I am having issues logging into my Participant Center on TeamRaiser. What can I do?

We are aware that there are currently issues accessing the Participant Center on TeamRaiser. Please try the following solutions, and if you still have an issue please email us at

  • Clear your browser history or use a private browser
  • Utilize a secondary browser to log in
  • Reset your password


For any other questions not addressed here, please email