Hope Gieseler, Reporter

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This past weekend The Pennsylvania State University held their famous event, Thon. Thon is a 48 hour dance marathon where participants are forbidden to sit down. “THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research – all in pursuit of a cure,” states the creators and coordinators of the organization. Thon has topped the charts and has been named the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Over the span of Thon’s existence, they have collectively raised 136,000,000 dollars and helped 3,700 families. 16,500 students volunteers are help make this event happen and nearly the entire school participates in some way. The weekend of Thon, students and visitors fill the Bryce Jordan Center and prepare to dance and offer support to others at the event. Penn State had a very successful year, ending with a finishing total of $10,045,478.44 for the kids.

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