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Former THON Morale Captain Raises $30,000 on GoFundMe

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A GoFundMe page created in support of Beth Beckman, a Penn State graduate and former THON Captain, has already reached incredible success.

Beckman was diagnosed with sarcoma in March and recently had surgery to remove the cancer, but, according to the GoFundMe page, she still has 9-10 months of chemotherapy ahead beginning in May.

As anyone associated with THON know, the costs of treatment, even with insurance, can create additional burdens during a time when individuals should only have to focus on their health and treatments.

“Many people have asked what they may ‘do’ for Beth. Well here it is: you may donate whatever you can to help support her and alleviate some of the stress that no one talks about, the financial stress,” the page reads. “Our ambitious goal will help to defray the cost of the medical bills and time that she is unable to work.”

As of publication, Beckman’s supporters have come together to contribute more than $31,000 of the $40,000 goal in just three weeks, but there’s still time to help. Donations may be made on Beckman’s page.

During her time at Penn State, Beckman served as the line dance coordinator for THON 2008. Though recently retired, the “Hope Finds a Way” line dance is still regarded as one of the best line dances from the past few years.

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THON - The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the most ubiquitous event on campus, has been in existence since 1973. THON currently benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital and has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception. Read more