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Penn State York Dancers Complete Thon!

2/20/2006 —
George Kapterian, 21, and Isaiah Miller, 19, both students at Penn State York, headed to State College this past weekend (Feb. 17 - 19) to participate in the Thirty-fourth Annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, "Together We'll Prevail."   Thon, as the dance marathon is affectionately known, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the country and its goal is to raise money to help fight pediatric cancer.

Kapterian and Miller were both still dancing right up to Sunday, Feb.19, at 7 p.m. when the marathon ended.  The dancers stayed on their feet for 48 hours and got just five breaks, each lasting only three minutes.  Kapterian is a graduate of Dallastown High School and Miller is a graduate of Eastern York High School.

The dancers were selected to represent the campus based on their participation in a variety of events to raise money for Thon.  Kapterian, of York, is a science major and this was his second time dancing at Thon.   He is the local Thon chairperson and completed the 48-hour, no sitting, no sleeping event for the second time.   Kapterian was confident about completing the Thon and was adamant about his reason for dancing.  "Raising money for children with cancer is an amazing cause and cancer has really hit home for me because my aunt has been fighting it over the past year," said Kapterian.  
Miller, of East Prospect and a nanofabrication manufacturing technology major, took to the Thon dance floor for the first time but shared his fellow dancer's commitment to the cause, and also completed the event.  

So, what did the dancers do to prepare to stay awake and dance for 48 hours?  Both Kapterian and Miller tried to be on a regular sleeping schedule, cut their sugar and caffeine intake, and tried to eat more healthy foods. Both exercised to strengthen  their endurance for the long dance.  Miller boasted that he practiced some dance moves that would win the hearts of men, women, and children throughout Rec. Hall.  Next year Thon will be take place in the larger Bryce Jordan Center.

The dancers got support from students at Penn State York involved with Thon who have worked tirelessly to raise money and get the campus motivated for the big event. 

Last year the dancers raised more than $4.1million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  More than $30 million has been raised for kids with cancer since 1973.  For more information on Thon visit www.thon.org

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