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Phi Chi Theta stays committed to THON year-round by planning and participating in various fundraisers in order to raise money towarsd THON. In total, Phi Chi Theta has raised over $737,000 For The Kids. Not only does PCT work diligently to raise money for the Four Diamonds, but we have also been blessed to serve as support systems for our three Four Diamonds Families:
The Savion Atterberry Family
A very spunky kid with a whole lot of energy, Savion Atterberry (Savi for short) attended his first THON when he was just a toddler, and had been in love every since. Over the years, PCT and Savi created a great friendship through routine visits and having a blast at THON as he and the Atterberry's became a valued part of the Phi Chi Theta Family. At age 2, Savi was diagnosed with Guillan-Barre syndrome, but at age 5 he was cancer free; however, 5 years later he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. On January 17, 2016 at the age of 10, the Lord's angels came and gave Savion his wings. A brave and courageous fighter through thick and thin, we remember Savi as our little superhero. PCT has a great relationship with the Atterberry's to this day, with often phone calls with his mom Angie, visits to York, PA to hear amazing stories from his grandparents, Robert and Lucille Atterberry, and hanging out with his older brother Juwaun. Fly high Savion.
The Jackie Mazur Family
PCT has been paired with the Mazur family the longest. In November of 2005, while attending Wilkes University, Jackie was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma. Howeverm this setback did not get Jackie down. In her words it was a "gift in disguise" as Jackie was introduced to Penn State, the Four Diamonds, and found her passion for nursing. Wanting to be a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric oncology, Jackie the transferred to Penn State. Jackie also became a brother of ours in Phi Chi Theta while at Penn State. Having been deemed cancer-free in November 2006, Jackie was even more determined to beat cancer when six months later she was diagnosed with leukemia. In 2010 at the age of 23, Jackie passed away. She was loved by her friends and family and was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Jackie is very missed and will be forever in our hearts.
The Leiland Smith Family
PCT was lucky enough to be paired with the Smith family in November of 2016. Leiland was born on February 9th, 2015, and shortly after was diagnosed with LCH, a rare form of cancer. However, that hasn't stopped our little guy from being a tremendous fighter. On May 8th, 2018, Leiland rang the remission bell with a smile from ear to ear! Since then, he has grown to be a happy and healthy young boy. Leiland celebrated his first THON with us in February 2019 and even told his mom, Logan, that he did not want to leave because he was having so much playing with our dancers. Leiland loves Penn State football, as well as hanging out with his mom.