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About Penn State Dance Marathon



The Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, is excited to have you join us in our fight to conquer childhood cancer. In 1973, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held the first Dance Marathon. That year, 39 dancer couples participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 708 dancers, and has raised more than $136 million, benefitting Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.


THON is a year-long effort that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. With the support of students from all across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and THON Alumni all around the world, we continue to make great strides towards finding a cure for all childhood cancers!


Thank you for your interest in learning more about THON. Together, we will make a difference in the life of a child.


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