Pa. charities benefiting in memory of Joe Paterno

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 16, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Special Olympics of Pennsylvania says it has received about $80,000 in donations in memory of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno died Jan. 22, less than three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. In lieu of flowers or gifts, his family requested donations be made to Special Olympics or the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which benefits pediatric cancer research and care. The dance marathon begins Friday. Special Olympics president Matt Aaron said this week some donations to his charity came from other schools. He says some people sent donations of $61, in honor of the number of years Paterno worked at Penn State. Paterno's wife, Sue, is one of the lead organizers for the Special Olympics' Summer Games, held on the Penn State campus in June.
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