Penn State Erie students to dance for Rylee at THON 2010

This weekend, four students from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will participate as dancers in THON 2010, Penn State's 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon to fight pediatric cancer.

This year's dancers are Carly Lapp, a senior management major from McDonald, Erin Moran, a sophomore enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies from Allentown, Pa., Megan Peiffer, a sophomore science major from Franklin, Pa., and Lisa Shiderly, a sophomore enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies from Edinburg, Pa. Lapp and Moran are dancer team No. 280 and Peiffer and Shiderly are team No. 281.

THON, Penn State's Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. Penn State Behrend's two dancer couples will be among the 700 Penn Staters who will live in the Bryce Jordan Center, located on Penn State's University Park campus, for nearly two days. The theme for THON 2010 is "Love Belongs Here."

The Dorer family will be in attendance again this year to support the four Penn State Behrend students who are dancing for their 8-year-old daughter, Rylee. In October 2007, Rylee was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma. Penn State Behrend adopted the Dorers as its THON family in November 2007.

Rylee finished her last round of chemotherapy this year on Jan. 4.

Dancer organizations, such as Penn State Behrend, often are paired with a family through THON's Adopt-A-Family program. This helps the dancers put tangible names and faces on the cause and helps the family feel connected to THON.

Students from all Penn State campuses raise funds year-round for this annual event, which is publicized as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and benefits The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital at Hershey Medical Center.

This year, Penn State Behrend sponsored its fifth annual 24 For A Cure, a University-sanctioned mini-dance marathon, along with several canning weekends and student-organized contests and tournaments.

To make a donation to support Penn State Behrend's fundraising efforts for THON 2010, visit http://ext.think.psu.edu/org/index.php?id=73 online. When donating, select "Behrend" in order for the college to receive credit.

Last year, Penn State Behrend raised more than $29,100 for its contribution to THON.

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Last Updated February 17, 2010