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Pitt-Johnstown Students to Host Dance Marathon

Pitt-Johnstown Students to Host Dance Marathon

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Students at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will host its first-ever dance marathon, called “B You. B Strong. B+(Be Positive)” from noon to midnight Saturday, April 6 in the Wellness Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus. Two musical acts, Sauniks and Smooth Sound, will perform during the event.

Several student organizations are participating in the marathon, including Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Kappa Psi, Black Action Society, Pitt-Johnstown Alliance, and Dance Team Ensemble. To raise money, students are working with local businesses, including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Planet Ice Arena, and Sweet Frog.

Students will raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer through their support of the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. The foundation honors the memory of Andrew, a 14-year-old athlete and ‘A’ student who passed away after battling leukemia and sepsis just 167 days after helping to lead his team to victory in a state championship soccer tournament. 

Andrew’s B+ blood type became the perfect message – Be Positive – to reflect how Andrew lived his life and how he inspires others to do the same. The B+ Foundation is about kids helping kids fight cancer -- by providing financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer, and by providing childhood cancer research grants.

Students have set a campus-wide goal of $5,000.

For more information, contact Shaun Hemphill, director of campus and civic engagement, at 813-269-7881 or shemphil@pitt.edu.


Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 4/4/2013 2:45:00 PM