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Penn State “Thon” set for this weekend

Dance marathon benefits children and families impacted by childhood cancer

  • Scott LaMar
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Airdate: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Penn State’s 46-hour, non-stop dance marathon known simply as “Thon” is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. Since it’s inception 50 years ago, Thon has raised more than $190 million to provide emotional and financial support to children and families that have been impacted by childhood cancer. The money generated by Thon goes to Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

Thon kicks off Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College and is in-person this year with a few COVID-19 restrictions like proof of vaccination and a mask mandate.

Thon is now a Penn State tradition that is recognized around the world.

Thursday’s Smart Talk has a preview with Kate Colgan, executive director of Thon and Suzanne Graney, executive director of Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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