T.H.O.N – Penn State – Dance Marathon
In 1973, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held our first Dance Marathon. That year, 39 dancer couples participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $80 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
THON is now a year-long effort that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. With the support of students from all across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and THON Alumni all around the world, we continue to make great strides towards finding a cure for all childhood cancers!
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This info is from the latest huffington post article: Update 2/17/13, 5:40 p.m. EST: Penn State’s THON dance marathon event raised a record $12.37 million to help families fighting pediatric cancer, besting last year’s fundraising record of $10.36 million, according to PennLive.
Penn State students hit the dance floor on Friday night for 46 hours of breakin’ it down to raise funds to fight pediatric cancer.
The oldest and longest dance marathon in the county, the university’s THON event has collected more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital since 1977, according to the organization’s website. The charity helps families battling pediatric cancers pay for the the care and treatment that insurance doesn’t cover.
Last year, more than 700 dancers showed off their moves at the charity event and raised $10.7. million, according to the Centre Daily Times. It was the first year that THON was held without legendary coach Joe Paterno in attendance and his son, Jay, shared some words of inspiration at the event.
“When the storm clouds gathered around this campus in November, a lot of people ran for the hills. Not the students, who were leaders of Thon. You stood your ground,” Jay Paterno said at the event, according to the Centre Daily Times. “Thon represents the very best of Penn State students, he added, “their compassion and their character.”
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