Penn State Students Raise Funds to Fight Pediatric Cancer

Donate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

Penn State students flooded downtown Westfield Saturday to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Wearing sandwich boards with silver cans in hand, the students sought donations on street corners throughout the downtown starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Their fundraising efforts will begin again at 9 a.m. Sunday and end between noon and 1 p.m.

Sarah Wells, of West Virginia, who stood on the corner of East Broad Street and Central Avenue with a can in hand, explained that www.THON.org is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. 

"Last year was the 40th anniversary," said Wells, who noted that in the first year of its existence the charity raised $2,600, while last year it collected a record-setting $10 million.  

The money raised goes to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State-Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Wells said her sorority sisters go door-to-door each day in State College raising funds and additionally take three school-scheduled "canning" trips per year. 

"We always come to Westfield once a year," said Wells, who added that shoppers and townspeople are always very generous. "We raise a couple thousand dollars over the course of the weekend."

During the third weekend of February, the philanthropy hosts a 46-hour dance marathon to support its cause but Wells said the bulk of fundraising dollars comes from canning trips and mailings. 

Since its inception, THON has raised nearly $80 million in the fight against pediatric cancer.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.THON.org or call 1-800-392-THON.

Steve Matiglione September 30, 2012 at 03:56 AM
What are you talking about Luke- THON is a fantastic charity and I applaud the hard work all the kids do at Penn State-- not sure why you would try to make a joke here- WE ARE...
Jeff Christian September 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Luke's comment isn't even coherent… These caring Penn State students are sacrificing their own time to do good for others like so many have before them. when I was in undergrad 25 years ago, I chaired my fraternity's fundraising efforts that raised more than $200,000 for kids with cancer. I challenge anyone to tell me that their university has done more to help children! I'm fed up with the entire Penn State community being tarred because of the heinous acts of one sick man. Most disappointing is what's been done to the dedicated, hard-working student athletes who have competed with honor over the years. If you agree, please sign and share this petition to help set things right: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-ncaa-to-restore-penn-state-football-s-112-victories
Jeff Christian September 30, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Siri made a couple of dictation errors in my comment above… but I think I've made my point.
Mitch Slater September 30, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Im 100% with you Jeff! I am very proud of my son and his fraternity (PIKE) at Penn State and all the hard work and effort they have done for THON (Kids with Cancer) Charities.....We are....very proud and still support the heart and soul of Penn State- the students and alumni.
Westfield guy September 30, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Luke sounds like a real rocket scientist, probably still living in his parents basement somewhere. what a joker


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