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THON 2013: Inspire Tomorrow's Miracles


For nearly 40 years, Penn State students have participated in the Penn State IFC/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon (or simply THON, if you don’t want to get looked at funny). What started as a friendly competition of both endurance and moves back in the early 1970s has evolved into the World’s largest student run philanthropy, culminating in a weekend long, no-sitting, no-sleeping event, all to support children who are battling back against cancer and their families who are right by their side.

Through year-round fundraising efforts, THON students have raised more than $89 Million ($10.6 Million last year alone!) all to support children and their families who are living with pediatric cancer.

More specifically, THON directly supports The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Four Diamonds was co-founded in 1972 by Charles and Irma Millard after the death of their son, Christopher, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 11. The Fund is named after a story that Christopher wrote shortly before he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 14.
Inspire Tomorrow’s Miracles is the theme for THON 2013, which will take place inside the Bryce Jordan Center beginning the evening of Friday, February 15 th and ending the afternoon of Sunday, February 17th.

The 2013 theme was chosen by the THON Overall Committee earlier in the school year to embody the visions and goals for THON 2013 and for years to come. This theme signifies an innovative and inspiring future ahead for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, The Four Diamonds Fund, and THON. 

Where To Stay: 

Best Western Plus 

Carnegie Inn & Spa 

Nittany Lion Inn 

The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center