THON Family Member Limits

By Ben Manning |

Published 08/19 2014 10:16PM

Updated 08/19 2014 11:17PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - There are some changes coming to this year's THON. Organizers are limiting the number of family members on the final day.

The family that talked with WTAJ understands organizers had to do something because they've been there on the last day and they know how crowded it gets.

Tom Whitehead is impressed with the THON organizers and says they're doing what they can with a tough situation. He’s is planning on going back this year wit his daughter Emily but like all the other Four Diamonds Families they will only be allowed to have three people on the floor for the final hours on Sunday. He says most people knew something was going to change because every year there's more families at the event. He understands the limits and is thankful to be a part of the event.

This week organizers sent all the families an email telling them the new policy for Sunday. They said "Allocating three passes per family on Sunday was determined to be the best solution for thon 2015, as it continues to include all families in every aspect of thon weekend."

Emily Whitehead has been cancer free for two and a half years after an experimental treatment in Philadelphia. And now her family never misses THON.

THON officials will update families on their passes in the next few months until thon 2015 in February.

Meanwhile, Emily Whitehead is raising money for cancer research. She’s hoping to hit ten thousand dollars. Details are on her Facebook page.

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