Berks THON breaks record during first canning weekend

Penn State Berks benefitting THON raised a record $13,050.83 during its first canning weekend for the 2014 IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, exceeding all previous canning weekend fundraising efforts.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, providing emotional and financial support to pediatric cancer patients, their families, researchers and staff at Penn State Hershey Children?s Hospital through the Four Diamonds Fund.

Penn State Berks benefitting THON has three ?adopted? Four Diamonds families?the Swopes, the Biancones and the Browns. Jason Swope and Natalie Biancone are both childhood cancer survivors in remission. Laney Brown, Berks? newest THON child, is currently in treatment at Hershey Medical Center.

In addition to canning, Penn State Berks benefitting THON raises funds by hosting various on- and off-campus events, including fundraising nights at local restaurants, an annual pie-in-the-face event where volunteers receive whipped cream facials in exchange for donations, 5K runs/walks, an ice hockey night with the Reading Royals, and many other fundraisers throughout the year.

To learn more about upcoming events and to donate to Penn State Berks benefitting THON, visit To donate, go to and choose Berks Org #77.