Brandywine students raise $2,800 for THON

Fundraising for this year’s Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon kicked off Sept. 28 with the first canning weekend, and Penn State Brandywine Benefitting THON raised more than $2,800. Sophomore Finance major Chris Kramer says this weekend was a great start to what he hopes to be a record-breaking year for Brandywine THON.

THON is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign to fight pediatric cancer. It is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and engages more than 15,000 Penn State students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The year culminates with a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon known as THON Weekend each February at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. In 2012, THON raised a record-breaking $10.68 million and was able to donate 96 percent of funds raised directly to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, which picks up where insurance leaves off, relieving families of a financial burden during time that should be spent focusing on the child’s health and treatment.

In addition to future canning weekends throughout the year, Brandywine’s THON committee is planning several events to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund.

“We are very excited to begin collecting money for THON. With all of the events planned, we know this is going to be a great year,” said Kayla Csizmazia, junior co-overall chair. 

A Faculty and Staff Dress Down Day is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 9 and 10, and Dining to Donate will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Ruby Tuesday in the Springfield Mall.

Canners will be looking for donations at Penn State Day on Oct. 20, which falls during Canning Weekend No. 2. Donations can also be made during the annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 23 and the annual Trick or Treat Halloween Candy Sale from Oct. 29 to 31.

For donors wishing to further the campus' effort, Penn State Brandywine Benefitting THON’s organization number is 51, and donations can be made anytime through Feb. 16 at

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Last Updated October 04, 2012