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York’s Thon Committee Asks for Blood

Students raise money for the Thon
11/16/2005 —

Penn State York’s Thon Committee invites you to give the gift of life this holiday season by participating in the campus’ blood drive Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building. Not only will your donation help increase the American Red Cross blood supply but you’ll also be helping children with cancer. The American Red Cross will donate $2 to the Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately know as Thon, for every pint of blood given at the campus. Two dancers from York will take part in the dance marathon at University Park on Feb. 17-19, 2006.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community can set-up an appointment to give blood from noon - 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 - Friday, Nov. 18, in the Lion’s Den in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York or by calling 240-423-7066. Scheduling an appointment is encouraged but walk-in donations will also be accepted.

Thon is a year round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer, at the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, PA. The year culminates in a no-sitting, no-sleeping, 48-hour dance marathon held every February. Over the past 30 years, the students of THON have raised more than $30 million and have helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer.

During THON weekend, 700 students and thousands of supporters come together in University Park in the hopes of one day finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Whether standing for 48 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 fundraise 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 10,000 students, has become one of Penn State's greatest and most unifying traditions.

In October, Penn State York’s Thon Committee raised more than $300 during a film screening on campus. Anyone interested in sponsoring Penn State York's dancers in THON can contact George Kapterian, the York THON chairperson, at gak159@psu.edu.

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