As a childhood cancer survivor, Brady Lucas views Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research and treatment, through a different lens than many of his peers.
Lucas’s personal experiences with illness at a young age, he says, may also give him a different perspective on health and medicine, two areas he is studying today through Penn State’s Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development.
Lucas, a junior from York, Pennsylvania, learned about THON and Penn State long before he came to the University as a student. Lucas will participate in THON 2017 as a dancer relations captain. Nov. 9 marks the 100-day countdown to the start of THON on Feb. 17, 2017. Battling childhood Leukemia in 2005 and then again in 2010, Lucas was introduced to the scary and uncertain world of cancer, surgery and chemotherapy. Penn State, THON and THON’s beneficiary, Four Diamonds, which provided emotional and financial support to him and his family, gave him an outlet to explore his passion for helping others.