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Penn State Fayette THON Team No. 1 again!

2/28/2008 —
The Penn State Fayette THON Team was No. 1 again among Penn State’s 19 Commonwealth Campuses in its money-raising effort to fight pediatric cancer. The 2008 Fayette THON Team raised $45,370.78 for the Four Diamond Fund. The team has been in that No. 1 spot nine of the past 11 years; the team placed second in 2005 and 2006. In total, Penn State Fayette THON has raised $421,435.54 over the past 11 years.

The THON dance marathon event was held at the University Park Campus February 22-24. More than 700 dancers and 15,000 student volunteers packed the Bryce Jordan Center for the event.  Penn State Fayette was represented by more than 30 students and 6 dancers.  All 6 Fayette dancers made it through the grueling 46-hours of dancing.

Penn State Fayette Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel Osagie, who was on hand at the Bryce Jordan Center for THON, reports, “The enthusiasm and dedication of our Fayette students is a model for all the Penn State campuses. The Fayette THON Team worked very diligently. They were creative in their efforts, reached out to a broad range of potential contributors, and really engaged the whole campus family in their efforts.”

Penn State Fayette THON Team advisor Chad A. Long says, “The THON Team makes me Penn State proud. They sacrifice countless hours for children they don’t even know. For anyone worried about the next generation, they just need to take a look at what Penn State Fayette students are doing.”

Overall, this year’s Penn State THON reached a new milestone by raising $6,615,318.04 for children with cancer.

THON is a year-round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, which is striving to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research. The fundraising culminates in the no sitting, no sleeping, 46-hour dance marathon held every February called THON (short for Dance Marathon). This collective effort—involving more than 15,000 students—has become one of Penn State’s greatest and most unifying traditions.

Any family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey is automatically eligible for support. The Fund has helped more than 2,000 families since 1972. Approximately 90 new families receive support each year. The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may disrupt the welfare of the child, such as car repairs, rent, or household utilities.

The 2008 Penn State Fayette THON Team includes: Chairman Jonathan P. Wik, Advertising Captain Merchant Brownfield, Financial Captain Kendal Galand, Morale Captain and dancer Ryan Edsall, Community Programming Captain and dancer Bri Nero, Campus Programming Captain Anthony Zirpoli, dancer Emily Wallace, dancer Stefanie Long, dancer Joel Heavner, dancer Tiffany Blocker, Elizabeth Bartholow, John Brant, Danielle Brownfield, Candace Casterline, Brianne Catalano, Janice Collins, Corey Filburn, Sarah Geska, Brittany Giarnelli, Hilary Griffith, Bethany Harris, Shaina Jamieson, Hannah Lewis, Eric Long, Nicole Loughman, Cami McKinney, John Marcolini, Danielle Reed, Julie Sawlsville, Shawn Shrum, Paul Silvis, Kritrina Stoots, Derek Sweeney, Maria Turner, and Scott Yetsko.

For more information about THON, visit www.thon.org.

Thon Team
Members of the Penn State Fayette THON Team rally at their THON Kick-off Dinner February 21, the night before the THON gathering at University Park.

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