Friday, March 12, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Favorite Charities

Penn State’s THON

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Video from my senior year of college.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world fighting to conquer childhood cancer.

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In 1973, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held our first Dance Marathon. That year, 34 dancers participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $61 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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THON is now a year-long effort that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. With the support of students from all across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and THON Alumni all around the world, we continue to make great strides towards finding a cure for all childhood cancers.

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“When they say, ‘We Are Penn State,’ this is what they are talking about.” - Joe Paterno

3 comments:

Susan said...

Sarah!

I have a friend who's son does this each year, and I'm blown AWAY by it all.

My son is childhood cancer survivor, I get so choked up each time I see these videos.

THANK YOU for all you have done and THON!!!

From one grateful family~

Lesli said...

AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing, this is wonderful!!

Jessica said...

This is awesome! I love how Dance Marathon's have become huge events at so many colleges. It's great to see all the students doing something so fun for such a good cause!