- Penn State University students raised a record $15 million during their annual dance marathon to support families dealing with childhood cancer.
- The event, called THON, is the largest student-run philanthropy program in the world, and has been partnering with the nonprofit Four Diamonds since 1977.
- Over 707 dancers and 16,000 student volunteers participated in the 46-hour nonstop dance marathon.
Students at Penn State University have set a new fundraising record of $15 million during their annual dance marathon, called THON, which took place from February 17 to 19. The event, which requires participants to stay on their feet and awake for 46 hours straight, is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy program, and aims to provide financial and emotional support to families dealing with childhood cancer.
The funds raised will go to Four Diamonds, a national nonprofit fund that covers 100% of medical expenses for families with childhood cancer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. The partnership between THON and Four Diamonds has been in place since 1977, and has helped over 4,800 families so far. Over 707 dancers and 16,000 student volunteers took part in this year’s dance marathon, and Lily Pevoto, Executive Director of THON 2023, expressed her gratitude to all those who supported the cause.
“To us, ‘For the Kids’ is so much more than just a mantra. It’s the mission that drives us in our relentless pursuit to hope, support, and care for children and families.”Lily Pevoto, Executive Director of THON 2023
March 10, 2023 at 2:11 pm
We Penn State alumni are very proud of this.
March 10, 2023 at 3:13 pm
I am so proud of what you all have done. Unbelievable