THON

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 of which were unaffiliated with any organization.

THON is not limited to THON Weekend, which was held on February 21-23, 2014. In the leadup to the Dance Marathon, THON organizes events like the THON 5K, the THON Family Carnival, THON Awareness Week and more.

Latest Posts
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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.
Posted 2 days ago in about by
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.
Posted about a week ago in about by
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THON dropped somewhat of a bombshell today, drastically changing the pass system utilized by Four Diamonds Families throughout THON Weekend.
Posted about a week ago in about by
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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.
Posted about 3 weeks ago in about by
dom2_0
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.
Posted about 3 weeks ago in about by
Bobby Chen
THON has announced the name change of arguably the most recognizable committee during THON Weekend, Morale.
Posted about a month ago in about by
coast 2 coast
Norman Horn of Coast 2 Coast FTK began his journey in San Francisco on April 5 with the goal of walking 3,100 miles and raising $250,000 for THON. Three and a half months later, this ambitious alumnus has reached the halfway point.
Posted about a month ago in about by
larry moore
DJ Larry Moore's days providing the music for THON have come to an end after more than 20 years. Starting in 2015, the Entertainment Committee will be solely responsible for the music, according to the THON blog.
Posted about a month ago in about by
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THON has changed some dates around for the upcoming year after mistakenly scheduling the first canning weekend over Yom Kippur.
Posted about a month ago in about by
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Hearts melted earlier this week when this heartwarming video starring a young cancer patient and her nurse became a viral phenomenon. The video stars Kamryn, a 7-year-old battling Kidney Cancer and her nurse, a former Penn Stater and avid THONer, Tom Shelley lip syncing to the classic tune “Love is an Open Door,” from Frozen. What started as a simple way to cheer Kamryn up during a trip to the hospital for a blood transfusion soon gained national attention when Kamryn's mother and biggest supporter uploaded the video to the #TeamKamrynn Facebook page on July 3.

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