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Rep. Glenn Thompson Congratulates THON Before Congress

Representative Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district, which encompasses State College, addressed the House of Representatives last Thursday to recognize and congratulate THON for another year of success. Thompson, a Penn State grad and Bellefonte native, had asked and received permission to address the House.

His statement to Congress read:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, otherwise known affectionately as “THON.”

“THON’s goal every year is to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The fund was established to support children’s cancer by assisting patients and their families through treatment. The fund has helped thousands of families by offsetting medical expenses incurred during cancer treatment. This year, THON broke the previous record and raised $10,698,924. They raised over $10.6 million. That’s amazing work. Congratulations.

“Penn State’s THON has grown to become one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the world, and their efforts have helped improve the lives of so many.

“As a proud Penn State alum and Member representing the university here in Washington, I want to congratulate Penn State, the students, the donors, and all of the organizations involved in the THON for another amazing year in support of a truly important cause.”

Here’s a video of the address:

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Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.

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