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Students put on dancing shoes for THON

From Friday, Feb.17 to Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, 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 Krista Feather, from Bechtelsville, PA; Lauren Fusco from Gilbertsville, PA; Melissa Sauer from Phoenixville, PA, and Megan Sim from Collegeville, PA, who will spend their weekend on the dance floor as other Penn State Berks students cheer them on.

"Everyone’s life has been affected by cancer one way or another," explains Sim. “I am so excited to dance this year, so I can touch the lives of those children who are still battling this terrible disease.”

"If children have the ability to ignore the odds and percentages, maybe we can all learn from them,” comments Sauer. “When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?”

This year's THON activities began at Berks campus in October 2010. Over the four months leading up to the main event, the campus THON committee held fundraising nights at Moe’s Southwest Grill and The Works at Wyomissing, late night skating events at the Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, a fashion show, Cuts for Kids events with the help of J & J Hair Salon, blood drives, Halloween and Valentines dances, pie-in-the-face fundraiser, tuition bingo, 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 21, 2012.

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."

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