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Students Support THON

During the weekend of Feb. 20 to 22, Penn State students from every campus will gather at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus, for THON-the 46-hour dance marathon to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund supporting families battling pediatric cancer.

THON, short for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, is a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. THON's fundraising helps offset the cost of a child's cancer treatment and helps establish research endowments aimed at increasing the cure rates of pediatric cancer treatments.

Putting on their dancing shoes from Penn State Berks are juniors Brian Tran, Business Management and Megan Allwein, Communication Arts and Sciences; and sophomores Catherine Claxton, Veterinary and Biomedical Science and Joanne Carrey, Secondary Education, who will spend their weekend on the dance floor as other Penn State Berks students cheer them on.

"My motivation for being involved with THON is that I have lost family members to cancer," explains Allwein who has been the Berks THON Canning Captain for two years, but will be a first-time dancer this year. "Hearing the stories of our THON children and getting to know the families personally inspired me to want to be a dancer this year. Participating in THON at University Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I consider myself lucky to have been chosen as a dancer."

THON activities began at Berks campus in October 2005. Over the next four months leading up to the THON main event, the campus THON committee conducted a 5K Walk/Run, Breakfast with Santa, and a silent auction, as well as canning drives throughout the community.

Anyone who is interested in contributing to THON can call the Penn State Berks Campus Life Office at 610-396-6076 or visit http://www.thon.org/ and at the drop-down window "Please give the following organization credit for my gift" select "Berks."

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