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U.S. Senators Give Props to THON

THON has now been praised by both chambers of the United States Congress, following a resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday be Pennsylvania’s senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey.

“The students of Penn State deserve recognition for their tremendous efforts and commitment to public service,” said Senator Casey in a statement. “Once again THON has exceeded the high standards that we have come to expect from this event. By raising over $13 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, students and supporting organizations offer hope and inspiration to pediatric cancer patients and their loved ones.”

“Congratulations to Penn State’s students and community for their work to make this year’s THON an overwhelming success,” said Senator Toomey in a statement.  “THON raised more than $13 million to combat pediatric cancer. The compassion and commitment of Penn State’s students – as well as their endurance on the dance floor – are inspiring to me and all Pennsylvanians. Penn State should be extremely proud of their work.”

Neither senator is a Penn State graduate, which makes the recognition even better, in my mind.

Here’s the full text of the resolution:

Congratulating the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic

Dance Marathon on its continued success in support of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Whereas the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (referred to in this preamble as ‘‘THON’’) is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, with 711 dancers, more than 375 supporting organizations, and more than 15,000 volunteers involved in the annual event;

Whereas student volunteers at the Pennsylvania State University annually collect money and dance for 46 consecutive hours at the Bryce Jordan Center for THON, bringing energy and excitement to the Pennsylvania State University campus for THON’s mission to conquer cancer and raise awareness about the disease;

Whereas all THON activities support the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which funds cancer research and provides financial and emotional support to pediatric cancer patients and their families;

Whereas in each year since 1977, when the 2 organizations first became affiliated, THON has been the single largest donor to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital;

Whereas THON has raised more than $113,000,000 in total for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital;

Whereas in 2014, THON set a new fundraising record of $13,343,517.33, besting the previous record of $12,374,034.46, which was set in 2013;

Whereas THON has helped more than 3,300 families through the Four Diamonds Fund, is helping to build a new Pediatric Cancer Pavilion at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, and has supported life-saving pediatric cancer research that has increased the survival rates for some pediatric cancers to nearly 90 percent; and

Whereas THON has inspired similar events and organizations across the United States, including at high schools and institutions of higher education, and continues to encourage students across the United States to volunteer and stay involved in great charitable causes in their community: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

           (1) congratulates the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (‘‘THON’’) on its continued success in support of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital; and

           (2) commends the Pennsylvania State University students, volunteers, and supporting organizations for their hard work in putting together another record-breaking THON.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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