A five-hour dance marathon sponsored by the Reynoldsburg High School Leo Club will raise money for pediatric cancer research.
The Raiderthon 2018 "Out of this World" marathon will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. May 12 in the Performing Arts Center lobby at Reynoldsburg High School's Summit campus, 8579 Summit Road.
It will include carnival-type games for kids, a giant Jenga game, music, dancing, contests and raffles.
Costumes are optional, but the students hope to see favorite space-themed characters, aliens and astronauts for the "Out of This World" event, said Luka Wong, a Leo Club member and Reynoldsburg High School student.
Tickets at $10 per person include activities and games and are sold at the door. VIP tickets, at $25 per person, will include a T-shirt, food and five raffle tickets.
"All money raised will go to the hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant floors of Nationwide Children's Hospital," Wong said. "The main focus of this event is to help fund breakthrough cancer research and services for children and their families at the hospital."
The Leo Club has 100 student members, who raise money for pediatric cancer research; the Raiderthon is their largest event each year.
Last year, the group raised $12,265.37. This year's goal is $20,000.
Erin's Lunchbox food truck will be available and the robot R2-D2 is expected to make an appearance at the event.
The afternoon includes a "red carpet" celebration of 12 local "miracle kids" who are undergoing cancer treatment or are in remission from cancer.
"We would love to spread awareness and hope many of the miracle kids can attend Raiderthon," Wong said.
"We hope a lot of people will attend. All the money goes straight to Children's Hospital."