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Campus Breaks Record with $17,160 for THON

Sam Noerpel and Angi Solle dancing at THON
Sam Noerpel and Angi Solle, York’s THON dancers, keep moving during the line dance as part of the 46-hour dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center Feb. 18-20.
2/24/2011 —

Penn State York dancers Sam Noerpel, 19, of East Berlin, Pa., and Angi Solle, 19, of York, Pa., danced two nights away and completed the 46-hour 39th Annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), Feb. 18 - 20, at the Bryce Jordan Center which raised a record-breaking $9,563,016.09 for the Four Diamonds Fund to help children with cancer. Penn State York broke its own record by raising $17,160.71, the largest amount it has ever raised for THON and made it to the top 10 in fundraisers among the Penn State campuses. The highest total to date for York had been $9,486.71 raised in 2008. You can view photos from the event on Facebook and Penn State Live.

Throughout the weekend themed “Together Without Limits,” members of the York THON Committee encouraged the dancers along with thousands of others and York’s two THON families, the Hills and the Hagens. For the past five years, York has sponsored Madison “Maddie” Hill. Hill, 13, of Dover, Pa., has battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since October 2004. She completed her treatments in February 2008 and celebrated three years out of treatment on Feb. 15. She is in remission and today is a happy healthy teenager. She attended THON along with her parents, Dawn and Scott, and her brother, Travis.

In addition to Hill, Penn State York also sponsors 3-year-old Ava Hagens, of York, Pa., who was diagnosed on July 24, 2009, with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She is undergoing treatment and this was her second trip to THON along with her parents Jessica and Greg.

Under the direction of Penn State York students Stephanie Behrens, 21, of York, Pa., and Jennifer Lake, 19, of Wellsville, Pa., who danced at THON last year; the group was busy throughout the year and their efforts paid off. Behrens and Lake attended meetings at University Park throughout the year to catch up on all the THON rules and expectations and have been having weekly meetings with the campus’ THON committee since just after THON last year.

For York’s dancers, and members of the campus’ THON committee, the year has included a variety of fundraising efforts such as hosting a talent show called Paw Search, selling subs, hosting a basket bingo, selling Bon Ton community day books, and successfully taking part in canning weekends (soliciting donations) at several locations in the York area. In the end, all their work was a record-breaking success For The Kids.

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