York THON Committee plans blood drive for Jan. 30

January 11, 2012

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. on Monday, Jan. 30, in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building at Penn State York. The event is open to the public. 

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. 

“You can help save lives by donating blood and also help us raise money to find a cure for pediatric cancer,” said Kara Smith, a Penn State York THON Committee  co-chair.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, email Kara Smith at kjs5375@psu.edu, call 800-RED CROSS, or visit the American Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org.

This is just one of many events the Penn State York THON Committee will have leading up to the 40th annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the 46-hour dance marathon, set for Feb. 17 to 19,  at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus. The theme for this year's THON is "Brighten Every Journey."

THON, a year-round fundraising event benefits The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer, at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa. The year culminates in a no sitting, no sleeping, two-day dance marathon. Since 1973 the students of THON have raised more than $78 million and have helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer. Last year the event raised more than $9.59 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 at THON plays a small part in creating an amazing atmosphere of love, compassion, and understanding. This atmosphere inspires the students to fund raise throughout the year and tells 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.

There’s still time to donate. The best way to be sure your donation is counted in time is to visit the campus or donate online at www.thon.org. Be sure to use the drop-down box and designate your donation for York and your donation will count toward the campus total.

Anyone interested in supporting the dancers from Penn State York can send checks made payable to:

Penn State York Benefiting THON
c/o York Student Government Association
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403

Checks should note York, Org. 170 in the memo line of the check. Checks sent to the local campus as well as online donations will be credited to the local dancers and then added to the final total at University Park.


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Last Updated January 12, 2012