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The Penn State Dance Marathon , known as THON, works tirelessly for 12 months, all in support of the Four Diamonds Fund.
Every February, there’s a party, a celebration of life. For 46 hours dance marathon, a chance for Penn State students to stand up to pediatric cancer.
For 40 years, the missions for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund have been the same: to irradicate childhood cancer.
Every February, it starts all over again. This is the story of THON.
In 2008 (?) Four Diamonds Dad Hank Angus had an idea.
So 24 hours before THON starts, the Hope Express embarks on a 135 mile relay run that goes from Penn State Hershey Children’s hospital, all the way to State College.
Thousands of students compete (vie) to be one of 700 dancers who will stand for 46 hours. Each organization involved in THON is allocated a certain number of dancers based on their fund raising efforts. (The more money they raise, the more dancers they get)
Each year, a group of morale captains creates a new line dance. This dance will be performed every hour during THON weekend.
A few days before THON, the new line dance is performed in front of the morale committee members for the first time.
The 4 Diamonds fund offers financial support for every child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital
Less than a month after THON, a brand-new overall committee is selected. Each overall then selects a group of captains, which in turn selects committee members. There are about 320 captains and 3400 committee members.
When you add the students from 370 fund-raising organizations, the total comes to more than 15,000 volunteers….Making it the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
Inspired by The Penn State Dance Marathon, miniTHONs started popping up around Pennsylvania in 1999. High Schools, middle schools, even elementary schools put on their own dance marathons to collect money for the four diamonds fund.
Throughout the year, THON volunteers are given the opportunity to tour the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Since 1978 (?), THON has rasied over $88 million dollars for the 4 diamonds fund. Throughout the year, THON volunteers are given a chance to see where that money goes.
Those cans are then taken out into the public by over 7000 THON volunteers, covering 9 states.
More than 7000 students hit the streets with those cans, collecting money in 5 different states.
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