Penn State’s THON raises record $12 millon for pediatric cancer

THON 2013 raised about $12 million over the weekend to help fight pediatric cancer. Photo courtesy of Penn State.
THON 2013 raised about $12 million over the weekend to help fight pediatric cancer.
Photo courtesy of Penn State.

Penn State students and alumni danced their way into the record books.

The university’s annual dance marathon fundraiser, known simply as THON, shattered the previous record of about $10 million by raising more than $12 million this past weekend.

The 46-hour Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, raised funds for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The money is donated to help fight pediatric  cancer.

THON has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund since 1977, according to the university’s website.

More than 15,000 students participated, including 700 dancers who spent the entire weekend on their feet.


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