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Residence life coordinator will get his hair cut at THON

Judson Sammon's long hair
2/7/2011 —

Judson Sammons, residence life coordinator at Penn State Beaver, is one of only 20 people who have been selected to donate their hair onstage during the upcoming Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), which will be held Feb. 18 to 20 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. The hair-cutting event will be held from 4:45 to 5:05 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, and all donations will be given to the THON Wigs for Kids project.

"I’ve been growing my hair for more than two years," Sammons said. "Donating my hair has been a ‘bucket list’ item for me for a while now, and Penn State gave me the opportunity and supported me in helping a child with cancer. I’m very honored to be a part of the THON weekend in such a direct way."

Sammons was selected for the honor after being nominated by Beaver’s staff of resident assistants and undergoing an application and evaluation process. According to the captains of the THON Wigs for Kids project, Sammons was chosen because of his "amazing spirit and amazing hair."

Beaver campus freshmen Jesse Bonincontro and Omosalewa Akintilom were selected to dance in the two-day THON that will begin Friday, Feb. 18, and conclude on Sunday, Feb. 20. Bonincontro is a Division of Undergraduate Studies major from Oakdale, and Akintilom, a liberal arts major, is from Ellicott City, Md.

Since its inception in 1973, THON has raised more than $69 million to benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital. To make a donation for THON through the Beaver campus, contact Sammons via email or at 724-773-3952.

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