Ten million plus for the kids

By Analee Gentzel
February 23, 2017

It was a big weekend for Penn State University as they raised over $10 million for childhood cancer at THON. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world where thousands of students and families gather at the Bryce Jordan Center to dance for a consecutive 46 hours without sleep.

Many Penn State clubs, groups, and sports teams showed up to show their support in the event and some even took the stage to show their moves. The event attracts public figures and celebrities from across the nation. Khloe Kardashian tweeted, “Sending my love to everyone who stood strong at #THON! You all inspire me! CONGRATS #FTK #BeatCancer.” THON even secured a performance from Billboard’s hot 100 list artist DNCE which was thought to be a rumor.

Joe Jonas, lead singer of DNCE, said in an interview with THON, “Penn State is a special place for all of us.” He continued, “This is something that I think is going to be really special for us to perform at and kick off. Obviously it raises so much awareness and money for a good cause and that’s something we’re happy with. We’re just so thankful to be a part of this.”

On Sunday, the committee revealed the $10,045,478.44 in total donations brought in from the event which will go towards the Four Diamonds Fund and Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.



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