Penn State York Benefiting THON took part in THON 2017, Feb. 17–19 at the Bryce Jordan Center, and raised $16,625.29. The THON total, combining all fundraising efforts from throughout the University, was $10,045,478.44. The funds raised by THON are used to cover the treatment costs for pediatric cancer patients as well as support cancer research.
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is an unforgettable experience for anyone who attends. For Penn State York students, Hunter Beck, 18; Shawnee Hostetter, 20; and Ryan Manganello, 18; not only will THON 2017 mark their first attendance at the event, it will also provide the opportunity for them to dance.
First Capital Drumline brought the house down with a rousing performance of “Can-O-Saurus,” and ultimately took first place at Paw Search, a talent and variety show sponsored by Penn State York Benefiting THON on Jan. 20. The event raised about $1,000 for the fight against pediatric cancer through THON, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Tickets are on sale now for Penn State York Benefiting THON’s "Paw Search," which is set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) on campus. Proceeds from the talent show go to the campus THON committee's effort to raise money to find a cure for pediatric cancer through the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Mini-THONs, modeled after the Penn State Panhellenic/IFC Dance Marathon (THON), raise awareness and funds for Four Diamonds, whose mission is to conquer childhood cancer. The money raised by Mini-THONs — though separate from THON’s annual totals — helps families afford the care and treatment their children need while also funding critical, innovative research for a cure. Last year, the collective efforts of all Mini-THON schools helped to raise $5.5 million for Four Diamonds.
Honoring Maddie Hill is something that members of Penn State York Benefiting THON and the campus community knew was the right thing to do. Hill, 19, who died in June after battling cancer three times, will be honored at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in a ceremony held between the women’s and men’s basketball games in the campus gym in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.
For the seventh consecutive year, Jimmy Clark, 23, of Red Lion, Pennsylvania will hold Poker with Jimmy, a No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 13. The tournament has raised about $60,000, over the past six years, for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund (through THON) at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital for children battling pediatric cancer.
Brady Lucas survived childhood cancer survivor twice and was a Four Diamonds child, which is how he first got involved with Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Now healthy and a student at Penn State's University Park campus, Lucas is giving back to THON through his fraternity and other outreach.
Hyundai Hope On Wheels and Hershey-area Hyundai dealers recently presented Penn State Children’s Hospital and Four Diamonds researcher Dr. Sinisa Dovat with a $250,000 Scholar Grant to help drive the discovery of new and improved treatments and cures for childhood cancer.
The Conquer Run, a competitive 5K run and fun walk through Hersheypark, raised more than $132,665 for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital and the fight against childhood cancer. The event, which was held Sept. 24, drew more than 1,000 participants.
Their journeys started halfway around the world, but their shared passion for uncovering the causes of pediatric cancer brought them to the Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Wei Li is originally from Beijing, China, and Dr. Vladimir Spiegelman is originally from Moscow, Russia. Now both are in Hershey, through funding from Four Diamonds, working to understand how pediatric cancers develop in the hopes of discovering new lifesaving therapies.