Penn State Schuylkill raises more than $22,000 for this year's THON

This year, Penn State Schuylkill students have raised more than $22,000 for THON, the largest amount raised in campus history. THON, believed to be the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, is a University-wide effort and has raised more than $78 million to fight pediatric cancer since 1973.

In the past, Schuylkill campus has had dancers participate in the annual dance marathon at University Park, but it has been several years since the campus has raised enough money to be considered for dancers. This year, two students: Vincent Carrano of Pottsville, Pa., and Derek Stufflet, of Philadelphia, have been selected to represent Schuylkill campus at the 46-hour dance marathon, to be held on the weekend of Feb. 17 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa.

Penn State Schuylkill will be dancing in support of Carrano's sister, Lauren Carrano, who died of cancer on Feb. 21, 1996. Carrano has been asked to speak on Sunday of THON weekend, during family hour. During this time family members stand up in front of the entire crowd and talk about their experience with the Four Diamonds Fund and their battle with cancer.

Last year alone, THON's University-wide effort raised more than $9 million in the fight against pediatric cancer. For more information go to

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Last Updated February 02, 2012