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What Is THON?
Childhood cancers are the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.- more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined. THON’s mission is simple: to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund.
THON has been partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center since 1977. The Four Diamonds Fund provides outstanding support to children and families by insurance, and funding research performed by a team of pediatric oncologists at the hospital. Since partnering, THON has raised more than $101 million for the Four Diamonds and the fight against pediatric cancer.
The fundraising effots culminates with a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon from February 21-23, 2014. More than 700 students will stand, while tens of thousands of spectators will circulate through Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center to support these dancers and the Four Diamonds Families in attendance.