2009 Road to THON Dinner 9

2009 Road to THON Dinner 9

The dinner's keynote speaker was Scott Challis, founder of the Courage for Life Foundation and father of the late John Challis, an 18-year-old baseball player from Freedom, Pa., who lost his battle with inoperable liver cancer in August 2008. Scott Challis cheered THON's efforts and thanked the crowd for raising money for cancer research that helped extend his son's life by two years. ESPN featured John's story in June 2008, and the segment became one of the most popular stories of the year on the network. The touching video can be watched online at espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3543534.

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