Medical Center's dancers prepare for THON

Two third-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine are trying to get plenty of rest in preparation for a restless but invigorating weekend. Matt Pavelic and Matt Piotrowski will represent Penn State Hershey Medical Center as dancers at this year’s THON, which will take place this Friday through Sunday at University Park.

Pavelic and Piotrowski were motivated to get involved with THON after meeting a young girl with brain cancer who eventually passed away. The two students had produced a video feature about the girl and her family for a Humanism in Medicine class. Pavelic calls the experience “amazing,” and says he was inspired after getting “a candid view of what they went through as a family and how the Four Diamonds Fund helped them.”

As for staying on his feet for 46 hours, Piotrowski doesn’t seem too worried. “A little bit of pain is nothing compared to what the children and their families go through,” he said.

Meantime, the Hope Express, a 135-mile relay run, is set to pull out of Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital today (Feb. 16) and arrive at the Bryce Jordan Center just in time for the THON kickoff the following evening. Runners will have a special delivery for THON dancers: messages of hope written by children who are too sick to attend the event.

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Last Updated February 16, 2012