Red Cross partners with Penn State Dance Marathon

Each year, the American Red Cross partners with the Penn State Dance Marathon in a battle to fight pediatric cancers and to maintain regional blood supplies. Many times, those who need the most blood and blood products are those who are unable to donate -- our children. Cancer and leukemia patients make up nearly 20 percent of leading users of blood.

From now through Feb. 21, the American Red Cross will donate $4 to the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports the fight against childhood cancer, for each presenting donor. The donation can be credited to any THON-registered student organization. The Penn State Dance Marathon, or THON as it is called by the students, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and is in its 39th year. This year marks the ninth year of partnership between the American Red Cross and THON, and since the partnership began, the American Red Cross has has donated nearly $35,000 to the Four Diamonds Fund.

In an effort to raise more money for THON, the American Red Cross has decided to forgo the distribution of THON T-shirts and has doubled the amount donated for each presenting donor from $2 to $4. The American Red Cross hopes to impact more children and families battling pediatric cancer while increasing blood donations and first-time donors.

To see a schedule of THON blood drives organized by the Penn State Student Red Cross Club, visit http://www.psuredcross.org/ online. Appointments are strongly recommended for all blood drives, but walk-ins always are accommodated if possible. For general questions about eligibility, call 800-54-BLOOD.

Last Updated January 26, 2010