School students in Reynoldsburg will honor the memory of a French Run Elementary student as they host a "Raiderthon" dance party to support Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Matthew Hudak, a senior at eSTEM Academy and president of the Reynoldsburg High School Leo Club, said the club will host its second annual student-run "Raiderthon" from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Summit Campus Performing Arts Center, 8579 Summit Road.
"This four-hour dance party will not only raise money, but also raise community awareness for pediatric cancer," Hudak said. "The event is sponsored by BuckeyeThon, a dance marathon at the Ohio State University, which raised over $450,000 this year for Nationwide Children's Hospital."
Hudak said the event is open to the public and will honor the memory of Samuel Gordon Bish, who died Aug. 20, 2010. Samuel, 9, the son of Cindy and Michael Bish, was a fourth-grader at French Run Elementary.
"His big beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew and loved him," family members wrote in Samuel's obituary.
"The Leo Club would like to donate all of the proceeds from this year's Raiderthon to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Sam's name," Hudak said. "Sam fought a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma for 375 days before he earned his angel wings at the age of 9.
"We hope people will please help us honor the Bish family for their courage and for the memory of Sam," he said.
Last year's Raiderthon raised $4,800 for Nationwide Children's Hospital.
"This year, we hope to raise $5,000," Hudak said.
Representatives from OSU, the Reynoldsburg Lion's Club as well as city leaders such as Mayor Brad McCloud and other community members attended the dance last year.
Donations to the event may be made online at helpmakemiracles.org/event/raiderthon.
Hudak said the Leo Club is an official activity of Lions Clubs International that encourages young men and women to serve others in their community and around the world.
"The Reynoldsburg High School Leo Club was formed to encourage Reynoldsburg students to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities," he said. "It provides an opportunity for development and for student contributions individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local community."