DUBOIS – Members of the Penn State DuBois Business Society have made a contribution to THON, which will aid in the fight against childhood cancer.
The business society donated $200 to the Penn State DuBois THON committee, which supports the university-wide efforts of THON with fundraisers for the cause each year. The DuBois committee has raised around $12,500 so far this season.
All proceeds from THON directly benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization dedicated to battling childhood cancer. Students from across all of Penn State work in numerous ways to raise money for the cause, holding a 46-hour dance marathon at the end of a long fundraising season. Last year’s THON total topped $13 million.
“Cancer and all of the treatments that go along with it are among the worst things a person can go through. I know because I’ve seen it happen first-hand; but there’s something different about seeing a child go through this. A child has their entire life yet to live; to make friends, to find what they love, to start a family of their own, to just experience all the ups and downs of life,” said Business Society President Ray Serafini. “The business society believes that THON is a cause worth supporting because all of the money that gets donated goes to finding a cure, to make a future possible for the many children diagnosed with pediatric cancer.”
Greg Myers, one of this year’s designated dancers who will represent Penn State DuBois at THON, accepted the donation. He said, “On behalf of the THON organization here at Penn State DuBois, I would like to thank the business society for their gracious donation.
“We really appreciate the effort that this whole campus is putting forth for this organization in our fight against pediatric cancer. It is great to see all these different clubs and organizations throughout the commonwealth come together to support this very unique organization.
“THON is not just one club, it’s a combination of hundreds of different clubs on every branch campus throughout the state of Pennsylvania. That’s what really makes THON unique.”
THON 2015 is slated for Feb. 20 through Feb. 22, at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. Myers will be joined by fellow Penn State DuBois student Darcie Grenier for the 46-hour marathon.
A sendoff dinner for the pair is planned for 5:30 p.m., with a kickoff at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Hiller Building Student Union.
There will be a silent auction, a hair auction, and dinner. Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting the Office of Student Engagement at 814-375-4764, or online at www.ds.psu.edu/thon.