York THON Committee to host blood drive Jan. 28

January 23, 2013

Penn State York's THON Committee is partnering with the American Red Cross for a THON Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28, in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building. The drive is open to the public. 

Blood is needed and one donor can save up to three lives. The American Red Cross will make a donation to THON for each unit donated. Proceeds go to the campus THON committee's effort to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The Four Diamonds Fund helps children with cancer and their families. 

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, email Kara Smith at kjs5375@psu.edu or sign up in the Student Affairs office in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center on campus.

This is just one of many events sponsored by the Penn State York THON Committee leading up to the 41st annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the 46-hour event, set for February 15 to 17, at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. The theme for this year’s THON is “Inspire Tomorrow’s Miracles.” 

THON, a year-round fundraising event, is the largest single donor to the Four Diamonds Fund, at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa.  The year culminates in a no sitting, no sleeping, two-day dance marathon. First held in 1973, THON has partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund since 1977 and in that time has raised more than $89 million and has helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer.   Last year the event raised more than $10.6 million and broke its own record. The mission of THON is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund.

During THON weekend, more than 700 dancers and thousands of supporters come together at University Park in the hopes of one day finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Whether standing for 46 hours as a dancer, entertaining the crowd, taking care of the facility or even sitting in the stands, every person involved with THON plays a valuable role in creating an amazing atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding. This atmosphere inspires the students to fundraise throughout the year and demonstrates to the families of the Four Diamonds Fund that they have the care and support they need. This collective effort, involving more than 15,000 students, has become one of Penn State's greatest and most unifying traditions.

For more information about Penn State York’s THON activities, please contact Alannah Lentz at anl5123@psu.edu or Kara Smith at kjs5375@psu.edu, York’s THON co-chairs.

Anyone interested in supporting the dancers from Penn State York can send checks -- with "York, Org. 170" in the memo line -- made payable to:  

Penn State Dance Marathon
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403
Donations are also accepted online at www.thon.org. Be sure to use the drop-down menu and designate donations for York so it counts toward the campus total.


  • Not afraid to bleed for a good cause, Dan Pham, a member of the York THON Committee, and a human development and family studies major from Lancaster, encouraged people to participate in the blood drive last year.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated January 24, 2013