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Penn State students raise $10.6 million in annual dance marathon

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 17, 2019 6:05 PM
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Dancers filled the floor of Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center as THON Weekend 2019 officially kicked off on Friday, Feb. 15. (Photo by Meagan Mulholland, provided by Penn State.)

This story has been updated with the amount raised.

 

(State College) -- Hundreds of Penn State students have raised more than $10.6 million dollars for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon.

The $10,621,683.76 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy.

Money raised benefits pediatric cancer patients and their families at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Child cancer survivors and their families also participate along with the dancers, who aren't allowed to sleep or even sit and are helped by thousands of other students in support roles.

The amount raised this year was more than $470,000 over last year's total. Before this year's event, officials said the dance marathon had raised more than $157 million since 1977.

 

An earlier version of this story appears below.

(State College) -- Hundreds of hardy Penn State students are taking part in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon to raise money for pediatric cancer patients.

The Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy, kicked off Friday night and runs through Sunday.

Last year, students raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients and their families at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Child cancer survivors and their families also participate along with the dancers, who aren't allowed to sleep or even sit and are helped by thousands of other students in support roles.

The event has raised more than $147 million since 1977.

To watch the THON live-stream visit https://thon.org/livestream/

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