Penn State readies for big fundraiser, dancing two nights away

More than 700 Penn State students are ready to pull two straight all-nighters, without ever sitting down. The Penn State Dance Marathon, best known as “Thon,” gets under way Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College.

It won’t end until Sunday afternoon, 46 hours later.

Thon is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy.

Since 1977, students have collected more than $100 million in donations to fight pediatric cancer. The money goes to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s tally was $13.34 million.

Thousands of student volunteers play a role in planning the event and helping the dancers make it through the grueling weekend.

Ahead of Thon, they also go ‘canning’ across the region, asking motorists to drop donations in large cans.

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