YORK, Pa. — Penn State York Benefiting THON sent 25 students to THON Weekend to participate in the 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon, affectionately known as THON, held Feb. 17-19 at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. The group was a part of the record-breaking total of $15,006,132.46 raised to help children and their families battle pediatric cancer and help find a cure.
The York group supported York dancers Omar Elhasany and Domenic Sciortino, as well as everyone there. York raised $12,242.87 and made it into the top 10 in funds raised by the University's Commonwealth Campuses.
Under the leadership of Cassidie Crebs, York THON chair and a sophomore majoring in political science with a human development and family studies minor, and Lyndsey Ridenour, a sophomore majoring in human development and family studies with a minor in psychology, the York group held a variety of fundraisers throughout the year and helped raise the awareness of pediatric cancer.
York’s dancers joined some 750 dancers who did not sit or sleep for the entire weekend. Funds from the event go to support innovative and sustainable pediatric cancer research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. The Four Diamonds Fund fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their children. To date, including THON 2023, more than $219 million has gone to the Four Diamonds Fund.
This year, with a theme of “Foster The Magic,” marked the 51st anniversary of THON.