|Photo taken during the pep rally held during the 2007 w:Penn State Dance Marathon in the w:Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA.|
"THON" is the largest student-run charity event in the world. The Penn State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, shortened to THON, raises money for pediatric cancer. It was started in 1973 and in its first year, more than $2,000 was raised, with 39 couples dancing for 30 hours straight. In 1977 the Four Diamonds Fund was chosen as the recipient of marathon proceeds. Money is used to fund pediatric cancer research, treatment costs, and the Pediatric Cancer Pavilion at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The actual marathon takes place the third week in February every year. Although it began as a competition with points for style and periodic breaks, Dance Marathon is now a no-sitting, no-sleeping marathon. Dancers are expected to remain awake and on their feet all weekend!
Fund raising has already begun and YOU CAN DONATE while sitting at your computer, staring at your phone, waiting in line......
Use the hashtag #6abcFTK on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share why you take action for THON and 6abc will donate $1 for each post #ForTheKids
@6abc has partnered with @Ford to each donate $1 per post using
Please take just a second to tweet or share. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you!