Shenango basketball fundraiser tips off in honor of longtime Hickory employee

Group of people celebrating on a basketball court

Students, faculty, and staff celebrated a basket during the 2023 event. The 2024 Shenango vs. Cancer fundraiser is being held on Friday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hickory High School Gymnasium.

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SHARON, Pa. — The Penn State Shenango community is excited to host the annual Shenango vs. Cancer basketball game at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, in the Hickory High School Gymnasium to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and the Dr. Edgardo Lob Memorial Cancer Care Fund through UPMC Horizon in Greenville. 

“This event is a unique opportunity for our campus to rally behind those in the fight and raise funds, especially locally,” said Director of Student Affairs Andy Puleo. “Most people are aware of the amazing work that Penn State does with the THON group, but we have always tried to make our own impact and really carry that torch of philanthropy.” 

The event is free for community members to attend, but there will be a donation basket at the door, food vendors, and a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds going toward the American Cancer Society and the Dr. Lob Fund. Organizers request that all donations be cash only. 

This year’s event is being held in honor of Patricia Millan-Campbell, a longtime employee of the Hickory School District, who passed away earlier this month after an extended battle with cancer. 

“The event was super competitive in the past, but I think everyone involved sees this as much bigger than a competition,” said Puleo, who is also Millan-Campbell's son-in-law. “Sure, it is about having fun and involving the campus community, but it is so much more, and it continues to grow.” 

Puleo said it’s special when Shenango students and local community members can connect with each other over a common goal. It is even more special when students can witness firsthand the power of their positive community engagement.

“The most amazing thing about this event is just how involved our students get,” Puleo said. “I don't think they can fully appreciate how impactful their contributions are, but they definitely love being involved and making any contribution they can to those fighting cancer.”