Students put on dancing shoes for THONFrom Friday, Feb.18 to Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, 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.
Short for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, THON 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 sophomores Deven Barbine, Elementary Education major from East Norriton, PA; Nicole Messner, from Ephrata, PA; and Kristine Potts, from Reisterstown, MD; and first-year student Ryan Cameron, from Gilbertsville, PA, 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 Cameron.
"Getting to know our THON family personally inspired me to want to be a dancer this year, comments Potts. “I cherish the role I'm able to play in Natalie's life and recovery and am honored for the opportunity to participate in THON at University Park. Dancing is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I consider myself lucky to have been chosen as a dancer."
This year's THON activities began at Berks campus in October 2010. Over the four months leading up to the THON main event, the campus THON committee conducted a 5K Walk/Run, Breakfast with Santa, a talent show, and a flapjack breakfasts, as well as canning drives throughout the community.
In addition, The Berks County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and the Reading Royals teamed up to hold a fundraising event to benefit THON on Saturday, January 29, 2011.
For more information or to make a donation to THON, contact the Campus Life Office at 610-396-6076 or visit thon.org. Go to the drop-down window labeled "Please give the following organization credit for my gift" select "Berks."