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Penn State THON Canners Collecting in Berkeley Heights for Pediatric Cancer

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Penn State THON canners are in downtown Berkeley Heights collecting to help kids fight cancer. Pictured: Claire Kennedy and Sean Saltzgaber
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Penn State THON canners by Dunkin Donuts Saturday morning collecting for Pediatric Cancer. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Look for the "Blue and White" around Berkeley Heights this weekend as the Penn State THON canners are downtown looking for your coins in their effort to raise money to help fight children's cancer. Penn State students will be in towns all around the tri-state area, dancing on street corners and at storefronts raising money.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is a yearlong fundraising effort to raise money for pediatric cancer patients and research at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, said Caitlin Kushnir, THON Communications Chair. "THON raises money for the Four Diamonds, an organization benefiting Penn State Hershey, to fund critical research and ensure that no family battling pediatric cancer will ever see a medical bill. THON, which is the largest student run philanthropic event in the world, benefits the Four Diamonds Fund, located at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania."

The money that is donated to the fund is used to provide care and support to all children who are battling cancer at Hershey. The families of these children never see a single bill for the treatment that their child is receiving. The money is also used to fund research to find new treatments and cures for pediatric cancer.

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The THON fundraising season culminates in a 46 hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon in February.

Be on the lookout for the friendly faces of these Penn State students as they try to conquer pediatric cancer!

Penn State THON volunteers visiting downtown Berkeley Heights: Abby Novotny, Alex Sole, Anna Pitingolo, Allison Gaddism, Claire Kennedy, Haley Marttila, Jeremy Levy, Joe Kennedy, Matt Crager, Sean Saltzgaber and Sameen Oboudiyat. 

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