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Everything You Need to Know About The Buckeye Cruise For Cancer

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Elizabeth Crawford


Dec 23, 2019

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Once a year at Ohio State University, they raise money for cancer research in a super fun way. Thousands of OSU alumni and students participate in different fundraising events all leading up to the famous Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. Thousands of Buckeyes from all around the country set sail on a Royal Carribean cruise ship. The ship has been dubbed the “floating Buckeye Nation.” Famous players, coaches, and other alumni fill the decks of this ship for five whole days and enjoy the sun while raising money for cancer research. The five-day cruise is full of players and fans enjoying lots of Buckeye-themed entertainment.

This long standing tradition at Ohio State University has helped to raise funds to support cancer research for over ten years.  Proceeds from the cruise benefit the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Support cancer research and Ohio State by attending the Buckeye cruise this February! Photo courtesy of

This Year’s Cruise

Past cruises have included Cozumel, Mexico, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Labadee, Haiti & Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This year, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas will be setting sail on February 16th, 2020 from their port in Miami, Florida. This year it will feature a stop at the brand new “Perfect Day at CocoCay.” It will also sail to the Bahamas and Grand Cayman. Visit for more information about the February 16 - 21, 2020, cruise and to book your cabin.

The fun never stops on this Ohio State cruise! Photo courtesy of

Onboard Activities

The Cruise for Cancer is so special because of the atmosphere on board.  Everyone on board is a Buckeye fan, and all the activities show that. Sit and enjoy the Buckeye Spectacular Show featuring OSU Alumni Cheerleaders, Alumni Band, Buckeye Greats, Sponsors and Survivors! One of the highlights of the cruise every year is the recognition of over 300 cancer survivors. If you are attending the trip as a cancer survivor, register here. Take part in the live Experience Auction with some of the Buckeye Greats. Auction items this year include tickets to the CMA music festival, VIP experience to a Jimmy Buffet live show, luxurious Canadian rails trip, and much more!

Play some of the iconic buckeye cruise ship games like Dueling Pianos, Heads or Tails Tournament, Buckeye Blingo, Poker & Slot Tournaments, and tons of other fun activities. Get exclusive autographs from designated “Buckeye Greats” signings and photo ops. One of the most cherished moments on board is the Survivor’s breakfast, where all cancer survivors will have a special breakfast with the Buckeye Greats. Another iconic Buckeye Cruise for Cancer tradition is the finish on board run. Join your fellow cruisers for a 3-mile or 1-mile run or walk. Each participant will receive an Official Buckeye Cruise For Cancer-themed Event Shirt and a Buckeye Cruise For Cancer-themed Official Finisher's Medal. This three-mile run and walk is a specialty fundraiser taking place on your stop in Cococay Island, Bahamas in which you literally end back on board. Register now and remember that all proceeds go to cancer research.

There is much more fun where that came from! Other activities include Byers Automotive Car Raffle, BC4C Cabin Raffles, Brutus Breakfast & Clinic, College Football Previews, Cornhole Tournaments, The Price is Right, featuring Dom Barker and Johnny, beer tastings, Football 101 for Women, Buckeye Karaoke, and so much more!

What Buckeye fan wouldn’t want to celebrate with these Buckeye greats? Photo courtesy of

Famous Buckeyes Onboard

One of the most unique parts of this trip is that you are essentially vacationing with a bunch of famous Buckeyes! Every year the lineup gets crazier and crazier. This year, the Cruise for Cancer has confirmed guests of some of OSU’s most famous athletes and coaches. Some of those buckeyes include Jake Ballard, JT Barrett, Terence Dials, Craigen Pappas, Katie Smith, Ryan Shazier, Jeff Uhlenhake, and many more OSU alumni. And of course, we cannot forget that the famous OSU mascot, Brutus will be on board as well.

These events help to raise money for the same cause as the cruise. Photo courtesy of

Other Event Fundraisers

Leading up to the cruise, there are a ton of fundraising efforts trying to raise money and momentum for the cruise and the cause. The founders do a really great job of hosting incredible events to raise money. As of November, they have already raised $1.6 million for cancer research. (That is way more than their $1 million goal.). Some upcoming events include:

AJ Angelo's Music Marathon

  • Saturday January 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Gatsby's -18 N Hamilton Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

Ciao Ciao to Cancer

  • Saturday January 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • St. Charles Preparatory School

Meyer Bowl

  • Sunday January 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM
  • Sawmill Lanes

Thanks to HER Realtors and Trinity Homes, you could win an all-expense-paid trip to the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.

How To Win A Free Trip

So, now that you have heard about all this fun for an amazing cause, do you want to attend? Great news! You have a chance to win a FREE trip for you and a friend on the Cruise for Cancer. Trinity Homes and HER realty has teamed up to give away two complimentary Cruise for Cancer tickets. The trip even includes round trip airfare from Columbus, Ohio to Miami, Florida. You do not need much to sign up, just head over to to enter. The only stipulation is that you must be over the age of 21. Don’t miss out! Come this February, you could be cruising along the Atlantic with a bunch of other Buckeye fans. Not to mention, all of this benefits cancer research!

Hurry up because the contest ends on December 15th. Prize includes two tickets on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, February 16-21, 2020 including round trip airfare from Columbus, Ohio to Miami, Florida.

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December 11, 2019
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