THON creates inspiring stories of courage and goodwill

February 17, 2009

During her first semester as a college student studying pharmacy, then-18-year-old Jackie Mazur was feeling constantly stressed. When she was first diagnosed with pediatric cancer, Penn State's Dance Marathon (THON) and the Four Diamonds Fund came to her family's aid. Life's twists and turns have brought added challenges to this transfer student now in Penn State's nursing program, but THON continues to support her in her battle to beat the disease.

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Angelique Bacon-Woodard, the University Learning Centers' director of supplemental instruction, attended her first Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) out of curiosity. In 2004-05, she was selected to be an administrative fellow to the vice president for Student Affairs, where she worked closely with the THON 2005 Overall Committee, and she was awed by the leadership qualities of the students with whom she worked. The Penn State students of THON 2009 invite all faculty and staff to attend THON Feb. 20-22 at the Bryce Jordan Center to learn what student volunteers are doing to help children and families fighting pediatric cancer.

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The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) is well known for its rallying cry, "For the Kids." This year THON and Project SmokeLess will take that concern outside during THON weekend (Feb. 20-22), by asking that participants and visitors refrain from smoking within 20 feet of the entry way at the Bryce Jordan Center during the upcoming event.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009