Play poker for cancer research

Alyssa Pressler
  • An poker event hosted by local Jimmy Clark will raise money for children battling pediatric cancer.
  • The event on Sunday will raise money for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund.
  • Clark is a two-time cancer survivor from Red Lion.

An event on Sunday will let you play a Texas Hold'em Poker for charity.

THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, culminates in a 46-hour dance marathon after a year's worth of fundraising.

For the seventh year in a row, locals will be able to participate in Poker with Jimmy, held by Jimmy Clark, a Red Lion native and a two-time cancer survivor. According to a press release provided by Penn State York, the No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament is not a pay-to-play event, but donations are accepted. All proceeds from the event will be donated to children battling pediatric cancer through THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at The Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

THON is a Penn State student-run philanthropy that raises money for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Different events are held throughout the year by the Penn State campuses and other schools to raise money for THON. The main event is a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon.

Clark, a graduate of Red Lion High School and Penn State, became involved with THON after his diagnosis in 2008. In December of that year he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer in his right leg. He was treated at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In 2010 his status changed to NED (no evidence of disease).

Clark graduated from Red Lion in 2011 and from Penn State in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. In the past six years Poker with Jimmy has raised approximately $60,000 for the cause, according to the press release.

“It has completely changed my life, my views and morals, and made it clear what is important in life,” said Clark. “I want to give back for all that I have received.”

The event this Sunday will take place at the Goodwill Fire Co.y in Spry, located at 2318 S. Queen St. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and play will begin at 11 a.m.