Buckeyes raise $1,400 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Embracing the Halloween spirit, Ohio State student-athletes delivered 844 hours of “treats” to the Columbus community during the month of October. With 19 teams clocking service hours, Buckeyes volunteered their time with organizations such as the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and UNICEF.

The men’s soccer team led the charge with 179.5 service hours recorded throughout the month, while the women’s lacrosse team had the second-most with 131.

After notching 900 hours in September, Buckeye athletes now total over 1,744 hours for the 2009-10 school year.

Honoring sophomore goalkeeper and cancer survivor Matt Lampson of the men’s soccer team, Ohio State student-athletes formed teams to participate at the recent Light the Night Walk held Oct. 16 at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus.

Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the walk raised funds and awareness for those battling leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, with the student-athletes contributing $1,400.

“Since Matt Lampson had cancer, for us to be a part of the walk and support him was special for him and a great thing for our program,” senior midfielder Sam Scales, who organized the teams, said. “It’s something that the entire athletic community can be involved with and we plan on continuing our participation.”

Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while a senior at St. Charles Prep in Columbus, Lampson has been cancer-free since Sept. 24, 2007. Starting in all 18 games for Ohio State in 2010, Lampson, a First Team All-Big Ten selection, has recorded 10 shutouts for the Buckeyes who will begin NCAA tournament action Sunday at 1 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.


  • Student-athletes from the women’s ice hockey and synchronized swimming teams recorded 23 service hours at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
  • Members of the men’s and women’s gymnastics, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, synchronized swimming, wrestling and football teams read to local second graders through The 2nd & 7 Foundation.
  • The spirit squad attended the Hemophilia Walk and Walk Now for Autism Speaks, while the men’s basketball team participated in the JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes.
  • The women’s lacrosse team had 32 of its members participate in the Friends of Jaclyn 5K.
  • The rowing team raised the third-highest amount at the Making Strides against Breast Cancer of Columbus walk with $3,441. Individually, senior Erika Benford raised the city’s fourth-best total with $1,700.

For more information on the events and organizations mentioned above, please visit the following Web sites:

Autism Speaks:  
Friends of Jaclyn Foundation:
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International:  
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:
Light the Night Walk:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
Mid-Ohio Food Bank:
National Hemophilia Foundation:
The 2nd & 7 Foundation:

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