Thon Express arrives at BJC

By Heather Schmelzlen
Collegian Staff Writer

The snow, sleet, rain and freezing temperatures were not enough to keep one group from making the 135-mile trip from the Hershey Medical Center to the Bryce Jordan Center — on foot.

Sixteen runners and 10 supporters left the seventh floor of Hershey Medical Center around 6 p.m. last night as part of the second Thon Express. The group arrived at the BJC at about 7:45 p.m.

Hank Angus, father of Four Diamonds child Gabriel Angus, said he and his wife Connie came up with the idea for Thon Express after Gabriel was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and was too sick to attend the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

“We wanted to find a way to link the kids who can’t make it to Thon to the dancers,” he said.

Jeff Krisciunas, Penn State alumnus and president of the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group, danced at Thon in 1994 and ran as a member of Thon Express for the second time this year.

“It’s a way for alumni to stay involved with Thon even after they leave Penn State,” Krisciunas said.

Runners brought letters from the families at Hershey Medical Center to show at Thon.

“Just like Thon helps the families, we want to do the same by delivering their messages to the dancers,” Krisciunas said.