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What is THON?
THON, short for Penn State Dance Marathon, is a student-run philanthropy that culminates each February in a 46 hour no sitting and no sleeping dance marathon. The efforts of more than 15,000 student volunteers aid The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The fund specifically supports pediatric cancer patients and their families as well as researchers and staff members of The Four Diamonds Fund.
SRCC Four Diamonds Children and THON Chairs at THON 2012 (from left to right Mark McCuen, Fisher Heck, Ronnie Angus, Gabe Angus, Breanne Heck, Sydney Angus, and Erica Friel).
Are you a member of SRCC and would like to become one of our THON dancers this year? Check out our eligibility requirements. If you have any eligibility questions, please feel free to contact us through our THON email at [email protected]. Please note that the first essay is due November 20, so the sooner you check out the eligibility requirements, the sooner you can get started.
The Angus Family
The Anguses, or Angi as we like to call them, have been paired with our organization since 2005. SRCC visits them often to celebrate birthdays, grill some world famous Angus burgers, raise money for THON, and occassionally to spar in a match of laser-tag! Gabe was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 4. He and his family overcame his illness together with the support of The Four Diamonds Fund and now celebrate each year by organizing a group of runners to travel 135 miles from the Hershey Medical Center through the harsh winter weather to deliver messages of thanks to the students dancing at THON. You can learn more about their inspirational run at http://thehopeexpress.org/ftk/.
The Heck Family
The Hecks are the newest edition to our SRCC family, being paired since Fall 2009. Fisher passed his two year cancer-free mark over the summer and just started Kindergarten this fall! Fisher loves coloring, spider-man, toy trucks, and duck duck goose. His older sister Breanne loves cheerleading and is a prospective Penn Stater. SRCC loves spending as much time with the Hecks as possible!
Embarrass the Officers
Embarrass the Officers is a fundraiser for THON that has been run annually at every meeting. We collect change and if the club raises over $50 then the officers are asked to do something embarrassing at the next meeting.
|THON 1999: …One Step Closer|
Chair: Sarah Marino
|THON 2000: …Love Never Fails|
Chair: Cassie Seraphin
|THON 2001: …Within Reach|
|THON 2002: …With All Your Heart|
Chair: Kim Kennedy
Dancers: Sam Batt, Amanda Heverling
|THON 2003: Hope Surrounds Us|
Chair: Sam Batt
Dancers: Leah, Pamela, Sam, Sharon
|THON 2004: Always Believing|
Chairs: Jenn Galgon
Dancers: Nikole Brake, Ashley Flannery, Travis Hoffmann, Christi Kolarcik
|THON 2005: Embracing Dreams, Sharing Tomorrow|
Chair: Travis Hoffmann
Dancers: Ellen Archibald, Wes Cronkite
|THON 2006: Together We’ll Prevail|
Chair: Katie Lewis
Dancers: Kathy Anderson, Toni Gibson, Schweighauser, Rachel Walla
|THON 2007: Many Hearts, One Home|
Chair: Patty Alonso
Dancers: Nicole Quirk, Maggie Gordan
|THON 2008: Hope Finds A Way|
Chair: Emily Ritter
Dancers: Jessica Havern, Emily Ritter, Jenn Rachel Rodgers, Jennifer Wilson-Dammous
|THON 2009: Dream Forward|
Chair: Jim Harvey
Dancers: Julie Agee, Monique D’Entremont, Kari Haffelfinger, Meryl Surks
|THON 2010: Love Belongs Here|
Chair: Jim Harvey
Dancers: Tory Miksiewicz, Kathleen Regan, Rino Sato, Alexander Toner
|THON 2011: Together Without Limits|
Chairs: Erica Friel, Mark McCuen
Dancers: Mike Jen, Caroline Pember, Christine Theberge, Darla Zecchin
|THON 2012: Brighten Every Journey|
Chairs: Mark McCuen, Erica Friel, Ronny Wilson, Pattie Weir
Dancers: Mark McCuen, Erica Friel, Ronny Wilson, Stephen Kalasky
|THON 2013: Inspire Tomorrow’s Miracles|
Chairs: Pattie Weir, Joy Urban, Annie Evans, Shannon Coyle
Dancers: Pattie Weir, Melissa Hubley, Divya Ghorpade, Greg Lynn
|THON 2014: Redefine the Possibilities|
Chairs: Joy Urban, Shannon Coyle, Annie Evans
Dancers: Joy Urban, Emma Lamberton
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|For more information about THON go to:||http://www.thon.org|
|For more information about The Four Diamonds Fund go to:||http://pennstatehershey.org/web/fourdiamonds/home|
|For more information about Hope Express go to:||http://thehopeexpress.org/ftk/|
|To donate to THON go to:||https://secure.imodules.com/s/1218/thon/thon.aspx?sid=1218&gid;=1&pgid;=671&cid;=2344|
|Any questions about SRCC THON should be directed to:||[email protected]|