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The Penn State Dance Marathon is a year long fundraising and awareness campaign that culminates in a 46 hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon every February. Penn State students are united by their passion and dedication for spreading awareness about the fight against childhood cancer that will one day bring us to a cure.

There is a place for all volunteers in the THON community! Take some time to read on about the many ways that you can get involved to support THON and children fighting cancer.

Join an Organization

More than 400 student organizations across campus are involved with THON, including multiple Special Interest organzations whose sole mission is to fundraise for THON. These organizations are an opportunity to actively fundraise For The Kids everyday.  Every year, thousands of Penn State students work tirelessly to support the kids and their families. For a list of organizations that participate in THON, please visit the Organizations page. Questions? Email

Apply to be a Captain

THON Captains are hardworking and motivated leaders in the THON community. As a Captain, you can expect to take an active role in the planning of THON events throughout the year, grow as a leader, and build long-lasting relationships with other student volunteers. Typically, past experience within THON is recommended. We encourage you to apply for the positions that most interest you! Best of luck!

Captain applications are accepted in late April and late August each year, depending on available positions.  Visit to view available Captain positions and to fill out an application. Questions? Email

Apply to be a Committee Member

Do you want to be a part of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?  If so, then join the thousands of other Penn State students on one of the many THON Committees. Committee Members play a key role in helping THON fulfill its mission of conquering pediatric cancer. As a Committee Member, you can expect to plan for and attend THON events, be a part of a team that is dedicated to making THON happen and have a great time! Committee Member support is crucial to THON’s success. Questions? Email

Dance Independently

Celebrate a year of hardwork and dedication by dancing for 46 hours with a friends! Every year, independent dancer couples are given the opportunity to dance THON Weekend without affiliation to a certain organization. Dancers are chosen through a weighted lottery, with chances determined by the amount of money that you and your dancing partner raise during the year.

Find a friend who will be your independent dancing partner. Visit the THON Office, 227D HUB, to register you and your partner, learn more about safe and successful fundraising practices, and ask any questions that you have. Questions? Email

Start a New Organization

Are you and your friends passionate about supporting THON throughout the year? Are you not affiliated with a group that already participates in THON? You can start your own independent organization! There are countless numbers of students on campus who want to get involved. With the right structure and the right motivation, the Communications Committee has the resources needed to help get you on your feet and have a successful year For The Kids. Starting a new organization can be a truly rewarding challenge to take on.  All organizations must be recognized by the University in order to participate in THON. Questions? Email