ABOUT PENN STATE's THON
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, also known as "THON" is a yearlong fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric cancer. There are 15,000 students on the committee that stretch across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hoping to find a cure. It is the largest student run organization in the world. The mission is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing emotional and financial support to the children (patients), families, researches, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund. The yearlong fundraising ends with a 46 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping, dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center which is better known as "THON Weekend." In 2014, THON raised a record breaking amount of $13.4 million with 96% of that sent to the Four Diamonds Fund. The official THON 2016 total is pictured on the left.
"Since 1977, THON has raised over $137 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The Four Diamonds Fund picks up where insurance leaves off, enabling families to solely focus on care for their child. Assistance from the Four Diamonds Fund ensures counselors, social workers, music therapists and other specialists are available to provide comprehensive care in a family-focused atmosphere. Thanks to THON, the Four Diamonds and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research "benefiting children worldwide."