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Recognition Award Established in Volunteer’s Memory

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., -- Penn State Dance Marathon, THON, has created the Courtney O’Bryan Volunteer Award in memory of the late Courtney O’Bryan.

The award honors the memory of O’Bryan who was tragically killed in a vehicle accident on Dec. 2, 2011 while traveling with Sigma Delta Tau sorority to fundraise for THON. The award will recognize the volunteer who most embodies O’Bryan’s charitable work and dedication to THON’s mission.

“It is important that we honor Courtney and the impact she made in the THON community,” said THON 2013 Overall Chair Will Martin. “This recognition will honor her compassionate spirit for years to come.”

Martin also stated that the O’Bryan family appreciated the newly established volunteer award. He said they believed that it will help O’Bryan’s memory to live on in the THON community.

The winner of the award will be recognized at Road to THON Celebration as well as on stage at THON Weekend. Nominations for the award are due Jan. 8, 2013 at 5 p.m. To be eligible, nominees must be an undergraduate Penn State student and a THON volunteer through a THON Committee, Commonwealth Campus, Special Interest Organization, General Organization, Greek Organization or Independent Dancer couple.

For more information on how you can apply, please email Will Martin at The application can be accessed under   



About THON

THON ( is the largest student‐run philanthropy. It benefits The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The Four Diamonds assists children being treated for cancer and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds and the fight to conquer pediatric cancer.  

Sam Sherlock
Penn State Dance Marathon
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