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Pennsylvania State Representative Kerry Benninghoff Speaks At THON 2020

Pennsylvania state representative Kerry Benninghoff kicked off day two of THON when he took the stage at the Bryce Jordan Center to speak to dancers, volunteers, and supporters in the stands.

He offered words of encouragement and thanked everyone for their dedication to the cause, which holds a special place in his heart after his daughter Ryleigh passed away in 2010 following a battle with cancer.

Throughout his career, Benninghoff has always been passionate about cancer research and healthcare initiatives, and THON is no exception.

“So although your legs hurt, you’re tired, you want to take a nap…we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Benninghoff said to the dancers.

The Republican legislator currently represents the 171st district in Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was elected to serve as Majority Whip. He previously served as the House Majority Policy Committee chairman for two terms.

He also graduated from State College High School and is a proud Penn State alum. He currently resides in Bellefonte with his family, according to the representative’s website.

Benninghoff ended his brief speech on a positive note.

“I believe one day we’re going to have a party like this celebrating the fact that we’re able to cure cancer.”

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Rory Pelella

Rory is a senior from Binghamton, New York majoring in Spanish and journalism. She's been bleeding blue and white ever since her older siblings decided to create a family dynasty in Happy Valley in 2006. So, as you can imagine, she loves absolutely everything Penn State (especially the Cheese Shoppe downtown). She's also a die-hard Yankees, Knicks, and Giants fan (it's brutal), and would do anything for a good old fashioned New York slice. Feel free to email her at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @rorypelella.

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