Posted by: Seth D. | March 31, 2009

Their Fight Never Ends…

The economy is down and we all know this.  We know people who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, and in some cases have lost hope.  Plans have been altered and in the near future things may look bleak.  Through all of this many of us may sometimes forget it could be worse.

There are people out there living with incurable and sometimes untreatable diseases, but just because the economy has slowed does not mean they have given up hope for finding a cure.  Just because people are pulling in their purse strings and limiting their spending, does not mean there is no place for charity.  At Penn State University, students broke the previous fundraising record for THON.  The Daily Collegian has the details,

Shortly after 708 dancers sat down for the first time in 46 hours, they stood again to cheer when the 17 members of the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon overall committee revealed the total money raised — $7.49 million.

The record-breaking $7,490,133.87 shattered last year’s $6,615,318.04 total by $874,815.83. The money will go to the Four Diamonds Fund, which helps families with the financial burden of pediatric cancer.

THON as defined by the website is,

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, is excited to have you join us in our fight to conquer childhood cancer.

In 1972, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held our first Dance Marathon. That year, 34 dancers participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $52 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

THON is now a year-long effort that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. With the support of students from all across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and THON Alumni all around the world, we continue to make great strides towards finding a cure for all childhood cancers!

Thank you for your interest in learning more about THON. Together, we’ll make a difference in the life of a child.

“When they say, ‘We Are Penn State,’ this is what they are talking about.” – Joe Paterno

THON 2009

THON 2009

More information about THON can be found here.  While I have had my reservations about the concluding “Dance Marathon,”  I have never been against the goal of raising funds to help support the Four Diamonds Fund.

The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may disrupt the welfare of the child, such as car repairs, rent, or household utilities. The Fund supports the medical team that cares for the children and funds pediatric cancer research through start-up grants and the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Institute.

I am sure all of us have been affected in some way by cancer.  We know a relative, a friend, a coworker, or an acquaintance that has battled this devastating disease.  One of the first people I met in college, Brian P. Medford, battled against Leukemia.  He was truly one of the greatest people I ever met.  He touched the lives of everyone he met.  Even if you only spent five minutes with Medford, as many affectionately called him, you would never forget him.  Medford passed away March 14, 2006.

We All Miss You Medman!

We All Miss You Medman!

In his honor, his friends and family have set out to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Their main event is The Annual Medford Classic.  It is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament held at the Kiwanis Park in Shaler, PA.  Last year was the first chance I had to participate and I plan to play again this year.  It is a great event that has grown each year.  They have also teamed up with Max & Erma’s this year to help raise funds for the cause.  On Tuesday May 5, 2009, 20% of all purchased items will be donated in monetary form to the Annual Medford Classic.  A coupon must be presented at the time of purchase, and according the website the coupon will be posted in April.  So check back here.

Also in May I will be participating in the,


The details about the race can be found here.  So if you are around Pittsburgh for Mother’s Day stop by Schenley Park, or if you want to join do that, too!  Our team page can be found here.  My personal page can be found here.  Every little bit helps and during this time of financial hardship we cannot forget about the people out there fighting to survive.

When we are struggling to fill our gas tank, they are struggling to live another day.  Their fight never ends.


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