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High schools join efforts to fight cancer with Dublinthon

By: Debbie Gillum
Wednesday November 19, 2014 9:28 a.m.

Written for ThisWeekNews Dublin Villager newspaper

The DublinThon is putting the fun back into fundraiser with a student-led all night danceathon to raise money to fight cancer.

The Friday Nov. 21 danceathon will be neon-themed with a DJ, face painting and ping-pong.

At DublinThon, community members will have the opportunity to interact with children with pediatric cancer, dance for children who cannot, learn about different cancers and their effects, as well as write letters to patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

It is an opportunity to financially and emotionally support the children and families being treated for cancer and serious blood diseases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital .

This is the first time that the Dublinthon has taken place with all three high schools. For the past two years, Scioto hosted a very successful SciotoThon only for Scioto students and staff. That event was inspired and aided by BuckeyeThon at OSU.

Now, Scioto, Coffman and Jerome will come together to raise money. The  dance marathon fundraiser still will take place at Dublin Scioto High School and will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

It has become a competition, during lunch periods and on DublinThon’s Twitter account, to see which school can donate the most money.

Jahnavi Murali, president of Scioto’s student senate, said they are expecting at least 300 people from all three schools.  

We went off the slogan “Unite to FIght!”, and thought that this would be a great way to bring all three high schools together in support of a really worthy cause,” said Murali.

The goal of the event is to raise $12,000. At the time of printing, $645 had been raised and Dublin Scioto was the top team.

T-shirts that are black with the Dublinthon 2014 logo will be available for purchase at the high schools. All proceeds go towards pediatric cancer research.

High school students who are interested in patricipating in the DublinThon can purchase tickets for $10 online at

The Coffman Rocks Step Team will be at Dublinthon.

For more information you can e-mail

Deb’s Details:
Again, I liked covering such a positive event. I enjoyed interviewing the president of the student senate because I was in student senate in high school and I thought she was very mature to be balancing this huge event on top of her schoolwork. I thought the concept of hosting a danceathon to raise money for a local hospital was so genius. And it amazes me how the three high schools work together so well.
If I could write this article over again, I would try and interview another one of the organizers, someone who was planning on attending and someone who the money would be benefiting. I would’ve liked to make the article longer and go deeper.

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