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Jared and Jacob are two brothers from York, PA studying at Penn State. Jared is a senior chemistry major and plans to attend medical school next year with an interest in orthopedics or surgical oncology. Jacob is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. He plans to use his degree to design and develop new medical equipment and technology to improve healthcare diagnoses, monitoring of patients, and aid in therapy. Jared has been on THON’s Dancer Relations committee for the past two years and Jacob was on the Dancer Relations committee last year, where they maintained their dancer’s physical, mental and emotional health through the 46-hour event. Jared has also been involved with Apollo and Jacob is a member of Ohana, combining the two incredible special interest organizations. In their free time, Jared and Jacob like to go fly fishing and kayaking, hang out with their three dogs, Jazzie, Mya and Jack, and cheer on the Nittany Lions. They have a third brother named Josh who is also a student at Penn State and a member of the Blue Band.
Jared and Jacob’s family has been touched with cancer in many ways. In May 1991, their cousin Kyle was diagnosed with leukemia. Had it not been for the efforts of the wonderful physicians, nurses, therapists and volunteers at Penn State Children’s Hospital, Kyle may never have grown up to be the happy and healthy father, husband, teacher and coach he is today. Thanks to Penn State THON and the Four Diamonds, Kyle’s family never saw a medical bill. Jared and Jacob THON for children all across the region like Kyle.