More commonly referred to as THON, the most ubiquitous event on campus has been in existence since 1973. Currently benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital, earlier marathons raised money for various charitable endeavors, ranging from the American Heart Association to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. THON has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception.

Running such a large organization takes a lot of manpower. There are fourteen committees, each with an overall chairperson and about 20 captains, that are responsible for all facets of THON, from fundraising to logistics. In total, there are about 15,000 volunteers that make sure the event and everything leading up to it go as smoothly as possible.

In addition to committees, student organizations, both Greek and independent, raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund through canning and other means. There are multiple canning weekends throughout the school year. It is from these organizations that the majority of the THON dancers are drawn. In 2013, there were 710 dancers, only a handful of which were unaffiliated with any organization.

THON is not limited to THON Weekend, which will be held on February 20-22, 2015 in the Bryce Jordan Center. In the leadup to the Dance Marathon, THON organizes events like the THON 5K, the THON Family Carnival, THON Awareness Week and more.

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In case you thought you couldn’t be any more excited to Empower the Dreamers at THON this year, the official 2015 Penn State Dance Marathon Promo Video is here to prove you wrong.
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Although it’s natural to be disappointed that you didn’t snag the coveted committee member role for THON 2015, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still play an important part in the THON community. There are plenty of ways you can still take part in the fight against pediatric cancer this year.
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Just like in years past, the THON Executive Committee revealed THON 2015's theme prior to the Homecoming Parade: "Empower the Dreamers."
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The Special Interest Association (SIA) is pairing with the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) this weekend to host a tailgate in honor of Coast2Coast Walker Norman Horn.
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Just as you thought you would be able to get back into the swing of things following Syllabus Week, THON has opened up applications for their 12 committees for THON 2015. One of the most, if not the most popular ways to get involved in THON, committees are almost like a right of passage for most Penn State students who wish to be more involved in the organization. Students must apply before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12 on THON's site THINK and at Alumni Hall in the HUB between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on September 12.
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Bobby Chen
THON's recent decision to restrict each Four Diamonds Family to only three floor passes, including one for each Four Diamonds child, for the Sunday of THON was extremely unpopular among families and students alike. Today, THON Director Megan Renaut explained the decision in a letter to the THON community.
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Bobby Chen
It may be the first day of classes, but it's never too early to think about THON, and now, it's not too early to apply to be a captain for THON 2015. Captain applications are now being accepted on THON's website and close Friday at 5 p.m. Applications need to be turned in online and in-person at 210 HUB.
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THON 2013 Final Hours
THON dropped somewhat of a bombshell today, drastically changing the pass system utilized by Four Diamonds Families throughout THON Weekend.
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On August 4, the THON community lost Four Diamonds child Dominique Bigler as she ended her long battle with Synovial Sarcoma. Now, in the wake of their heartbreaking loss, the Bigler family is reaching out to ask for help in the planning of her funeral. They recently set up a website asking for donations to fund funeral expenses.
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Early this morning, the THON community tragically lost nineteen-year-old Four Diamond's child Dominique Bigler. Dominique battled with cancer since she was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma at age thirteen.