York THON raises more than $20,000 'For the Kids'

Penn State York THON raised more than $20,000 in the fight against pediatric cancer and took part in the annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, fondly known as THON, Feb. 21 to 23 at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. Kaylee Hess, of Lancaster, Pa., and Mark Czaus, of York, Pa.; put on their dancing shoes to represent the campus. THON 2014 raised more than $13.3 million and broke its own record of more than $12.3 million raised in 2013, bringing the total raised in the history of the event to more than $114 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at The Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

THON is held each year in February and begins at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through 4 p.m. Sunday.

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The two dancers from the York campus were selected based on a variety of criteria, including the number of spirit points earned since last September through participation in fundraising activities for THON and the battle against pediatric cancer. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy and the weekend dance marathon is the culmination of a yearlong fundraising effort.

In addition to raising money, THON enables campus students to raise spirits by sponsoring local families dealing with cancer. Members of York’s THON Committee have provided encouragement to the families through visits, parties, cards and plenty of emotional support. The York campus sponsors Autumn Foller, 10, who is in treatment for leukemia and Ava Hagens, 6, who battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and is in remission.

Fundraising efforts for York’s dancers and members of the campus THON committee have included canning weekends (soliciting donations) at several locations in and around the York area, a poker tournament, a community day at a local yogurt business and a blood drive with the American Red Cross. Students involved in THON met weekly throughout the year and made the trip to University Park to cheer on York’s dancers and all those who danced "For the Kids" (FTK) during the 46-hour event.

The THON 2014 theme, "Redefine the Possibilities," serves as a call to action, "a promise to each other and ourselves to create a better world," according to the THON 2014 executive committee's statement. "THON is, and always will be, an organization that overcomes challenges, defies stereotypes, and redefines its possibilities for the benefit of the children and families of the Four Diamonds Fund."

More information about THON is available at http://thon.org.

Last Updated February 27, 2014