THON

I an thankful for THON–aka Penn State Dance Marathon, a philanthropic phenomenon that raises funds to fight pediatric cancer care of The Four Diamonds Fund.

Forget about the so-called scandal of last year. This is what Penn State is about. I  am thankful for a community that cares about children and is motivated to do something–40 years of community service. From 38 students dancing 30 hours and raising $2000 to last year’s 708 dancers pulling a solid 46 hours and $10,686,924.83 raised For The Kids. To date, THON has raised over $88 million.

I encourage you to dig into the phenomenon that is THON on their website: http://webcast.thon.psu.edu/

From the thon.org website:

“THON was first organized in 1973 by a group of students looking to add excitement to a dreary February in central Pennsylvania, and for a way to give back to the community. Today, Penn State’s THON continues to be the longest dance marathon in the country lasting 46 hours. THON has grown to engage more than 15,000 students each year and has inspired other university, high school, middle school, and elementary school students across the nation to start dance marathons of their own all in the hopes of conquering pediatric cancer!”

Then watch this video (make time–it’s nearly an hour) to learn…

 

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