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Approaching Its Second Year, THON Chapter Builds on Noticeable Success

THON members celebrate their initial year's achievement with President Gilmour.
THON members celebrate their initial year’s achievement with President Gilmour.
Framing a keepsake
Framing a keepsake

Members of Penn College Benefiting THON recently gathered in Madigan Library, where a symbol of their first-year accomplishments is prominently displayed. Madeline A. Lusk, a physician assistant major from State College, and Kelsey J. Maneval, a nursing student from McAlisterville, represented the organization at Penn State’s annual February dance marathon to fight pediatric cancer, and signs from that momentous weekend – autographed by the Penn College contingent that attended – were gathered by member Eric S. Ross, of Orwigsburg. Collated with a THON logo and event photo, and aided by college President Davie Jane Gilmour, the mementos were framed for maximum campus visibility. “This year has been a roller coaster of challenges and curveballs, but I am so proud of what we accomplished,” Lusk said. “We were able to raise $13,000, attain dancers as a first-year organization (an amazing feat in the THON world), build relationships and friendships, and establish a basis for a lasting and healthy fundraising organization for children with pediatric cancer! What could be better than that?!” She and Maneval will stay on as “honorary superheroes” to guide next year’s nine-member board in its ongoing work “For the Kids.” Among student leaders for next year are Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, chair/president; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin, morale/social chair; Lillian L. Pakradooni, of Shillington, treasurer; Gina M. Pucillo, Myerstown, canning chair; Chelsea M. Burger, of Millersburg, historian/secretary; and Emily D. Perry, of Hanover, advertising chair. “I am very excited and pleased with how our year went, as we were able to overcome the many obstacles that were thrown our way and still accomplish our goals,” Maneval said. “We had a great turnout for a first-year organization and we are hoping to have even more interest for next year. I am so excited to see what 2014-15 has to offer!”