Thon 2018: How much money did Penn State students raise?

Written by Anthony J. Machcinski/The York Daily Record | Feb 19, 2018 3:21 AM

FILE PHOTO: Thon at Penn State (Associated Press)

(State College) -- Penn State's Thon has broken the $10 million mark again. 

In total, the event raised $10,151,663.93, funds that benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

100 independent dancing couples raised at the State College campus raised enough money for 3,138 hours of therapy for children at Penn State Berks. 

Penn State Berks raised more than $71,000, the top amount for the commonwealth campuses.

Thon, a 46-hour dance marathon, began on Friday. 

The fundraising effort, started about 45 years ago, has become a multi-million dollar fundraising effort by the students for the Four Diamonds fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

The event broke the $10 million mark in 2012 and, in recent years, has raised as much as $13 million.

According to Thon officials, the more than $10 million raised this year can support: 

  • 50,758 hours of nutritional therapy
  • 67,678 days of out-patient treatment
  • 13,536 lab experiments
  • 6,768 days for a team to manage all patient needs
  • 13,536 routine maintenance visits for treatment and therapy for a child

The event, held on Penn State's campus, typically draws thousands of students who trade sleep for a 46-hour dance marathon, along with pediatric cancer survivors and their families. 

Thon officials said in a given year, the event supports about 500 children with cancer.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record.

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