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PSU Football team and volunteer fire company host Make-A-Wish event

Updated: Sunday, February 23 2014, 11:03 AM EST

By: Lauren Hesnley


STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- It is THON weekend. Since THON started 42 years ago, thousands of Penn State students have worked together to raise more than $101 million. All of that money is going to the Four Diamonds Fund in the fight against pediatric cancer. And it is not just all about what is going on inside the Bryce Jordan Center student athletes are getting involved, too, as well as the community.

The Penn State football team opened up their locker room for a THON Make-A-Wish event.  The football team hosted about 30 Make-A-Wish families.  The team took families on a tour of the facilities which ended with an ice cream social.

“For us to be able to take what we do as football players and to be able to affect these children's lives and their families it makes our year. We love these kids and it makes our year to make these kids happy,” Miles Dieffenbach, Penn State guard said
Players autographed footballs and jerseys for the families.

Even emergency responders in the community are getting in on the THON action. The Alpha Volunteer Fire Company opened up its doors to host Four Diamonds Fund Families.  Children got the chance to check out things inside the fire trucks, go for bucket rides, and dress as a firefighter.

“I just get great satisfaction, just helping the kids, giving them a little something to look forward to and in fact we have two children who came last year who are returning back to this event this year,” Jeff Martin, fire chief with the Alpha Volunteer Fire Company said.  

The fire company has 30 active firefighters who are also Penn State students.

PSU Football team and volunteer fire company host Make-A-Wish event


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