Red Cross to give $4 to THON for each unit of blood donated

January 24, 2013

A partner with the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) since 2001, the American Red Cross will make a $4 donation ($8 for double red) for each unit of blood given now through Feb. 16, the start of THON.

Each cash donation will go to the Four Diamonds Fund in honor of each presenting donor. This donation can be credited to any THON-registered student organization’s THON total.

The goal of the partnership is to impact the lives of children with cancer while also increasing blood donations and first time donors. Cancer patients make up nearly 20 percent of blood users, and this joint effort ensures that those who need blood will receive it. In the past 11 years of this relationship, the American Red Cross has been able to donate more than $77,000 to THON. The partnership has provided 2,300 units of blood and more than 800 new donors in 2012. This is a unique opportunity to save a life and contribute to THON.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world; to date it has raised more than $88 million. This year marks the 12th year of the partnership between the American Red Cross and THON. The Four Diamond’s fund is the direct link between the families and THON.

THON blood drives will be held throughout campus. Appointments are strongly recommended, but walk-ins are accommodated if possible. Visit to view a schedule of THON blood drives and to make an appointment. To volunteer for a drive visit Call 866-236-3276 with eligibility questions relating to blood donations.

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Last Updated February 04, 2013