Some Penn State University students hoping to participate in the feature event of the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the world will be in Warren on Nov. 10 and 11.
Penn State's THON - the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon - raised $10.68 million to fight pediatric cancer in 2012. An overwhelming portion of that - 96 percent - went directly to the Four Diamonds Fund. The fund provides dollars to cancer research and directly to families of children with cancer.
"These funds help to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund," Penn State senior Sarah Stapleford said.
The dance marathon is a 46-hour, no sitting, no sleeping event that will be held on Feb. 15-17, 2013, at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State's University Park campus.
To join in the marathon, student couples must raise $2,600. That amount gets them one chance in the lottery system. Every additional $500 nets a couple another chance. More than 350 couples participated in 2012.
Stapleford and Dana Thompson will be in Warren on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11 to raise money for THON and for their chance to participate. "We will be on various street corners around the city of Warren, holding signs and cans," Stapleford said. "Anyone wishing to donate just has to stop and put money in our cans - it's that easy."