UNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA (February 17, 2013) – Penn State Dance Marathon, (THON), surpassed the $100 million mark in total funds raised to support pediatric cancer; a goal since its inception in 1977. This year, THON has raised $12,374,034.46 for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, is an annual fundraising and awareness campaign to support pediatric cancer. More than 15,000 Penn State students, alumni and friends participated in the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that took place from Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Penn State’s University Park Campus.
“We are so proud to have finally reached the $100 million milestone,” said Will Martin, Overall Chairperson for THON. “This is an achievement that not only present students and volunteers should be proud of, but an accomplishment that all past dancers, students and volunteers should rejoice in – we were all a part of reaching $100 million.”
New for 2013, THON opened the dance floor to everyone with the first-ever global line dance for pediatric cancer. “Dance With Us”, a choreographed 30-second line dance, gave the general public the option to join the THON Weekend festivities via live stream. On Saturday, February 16 at 6:45 p.m. EST, those who participated in Dance With Us, felt the emotion and energy of THON Weekend while joining thousands virtually at Penn State..
“Every year THON is an emotional experience, but this will be a year to remember,” says Martin. “There was so much positive energy and emotion throughout the entire weekend. We were also very excited to get people involved who weren’t located on campus.”
In addition to THON Weekend, Penn State students have been raising funds and awareness for THON and pediatric cancer since the beginning of the school year. Fundraising methods include canister solicitation weekends, THONvelopes, door-to-door canvassing and online donations.
Since 1977, THON has partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund to provide outstanding financial and emotional support to the organization. Thanks in part to THON, Four Diamonds is able to assist in paying costly medical bills that insurance providers cannot cover, provide social workers to families and allocate funds to cancer research.
To learn more about Penn State THON or to donate visit: http://www.thon.org/.
THON (www.thon.org) is the largest student‐run philanthropy. It benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Four Diamonds assists children being treated for cancer and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $100 million for Four Diamonds and the fight to conquer pediatric cancer.