Monday, February 21, 2005

´´Cancer, you´re fired´´

For those who do not attend Penn State or do not live in proximity to Pennsylvania, I would like to take a few minutes to direct your attention to the most successful student run charity in the United States, THON. This year, THON raised a record breaking total of $4,122,483.65 for the Four Diamonds Fund -- $574,768 more than last year's total. I am proud to claim that among the 52 fraternities at Penn State, my fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon finished 7th with our sister sorority, Alpha Phi.

According to the official website, Thon is ´´...the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON™)! 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 over $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 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 over 10,000 students, has become one of Penn State's greatest and most unifying traditions.´´

Read more from the Penn State Daily Collegian.


Blogger Steve said...

Whoever came up with that saying created a great line.

I wish I had been able to see the line dance for myself. I tried to get in on Sunday, but there were too many people there. Some people told me that this year's was the best yet.


-Steve Sokolowski
Games are for Children

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