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For The Kids, For The Families

THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research ― all in pursuit of a cure.


Welcome to, the online home of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world!  The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.  Since 1977, THON has raised more than $137 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. THON 2016 took place February 19th-21st, 2016, at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.  We are excited to have you join us as we continue to make strides to find a cure.

Meet a Family

Meet Our Families

Learn more about a family that has benefited from the support of THON!