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Beaver students complete 46-hour THON

3/1/2010 —

Two students from Penn State Beaver participated in the recent 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) held from Feb. 19 to 21, at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus. This year’s THON dancers and volunteers raised a record $7.8 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Penn State Beaver senior Beth Vincenti, a business major from McKees Rocks, Pa., and junior Ayodeji Odulaja, a biology major from Williamstown, N.J., danced throughout the weekend along with 700 other students and with the aid of about 15,000 student volunteers.

THON is recognized as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has helped more than 2,000 families through the Four Diamonds Fund, which offers financial and emotional support to pediatric cancer patients and their families and also funds cancer research. Approximately 100 new families receive support each year. Since the Four Diamonds Fund was established, some pediatric cancer survival rates have increased to 90 percent, thanks to the continued support for pediatric cancer research, and since 1977, THON has raised almost $70 million for The Four Diamonds Fund.

For more information about THON, visit http://www.thon.org/.

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