Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson
March 8, 2012
Thank you mister speaker,
I rise today to congratulate the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon -- otherwise known affectionately as 'THON.'
THON's goal every year is to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The Fund was established to support children's cancer by assisting patients and their families through treatment. The fund has helped thousands of families by offsetting medical expenses incurred during cancer treatment.
This year, THON broke the previous record and raised $10,698,924. Let me say it again -- they raised over $10.6 million dollars. That's amazing work, congratulations!
Penn State's THON has grown to become one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the world, and their efforts have helped improve the lives of so many.
As a proud PSU alum and member representing the university here in Washington, I want to congratulate Penn State, the students, donators and all organizations involved in the THON for another amazing year in support of a truly important cause.
Thank you. I yield back.