THON 2018 Raises $10,151,663 For The Kids

In a fundraising year that saw the last-ever canning weekend and a medley of new and creative alternative fundraisers, THON 2018 culminated in announcing that $10,151,663.93 was raised For The Kids.

After previously facing a ten-year record-breaking streak, it’s exciting to once again see the THON total on an upward spiral from its dip in 2015. No matter what the total is, 707 dancers stood for 46 hours this weekend in the fight against pediatric cancer, and that’s something all 16,000 THON volunteers should be proud of.

We’ve always known the THON total would plateau at some point, even after a ten-year record-breaking streak that ended in 2015. With only one canning weekend held this year and the suspension of several fraternities that traditionally tallied some of THON’s highest fundraising totals, this year’s total is a testament to how committed THON volunteers truly are.

Since 1977, when THON partnered with Four Diamonds, more than $147 million has been raised, excluding this year’s efforts. We will dance in celebration one day, but until then we dance For The Kids.

If you’re already feeling nostalgic for THON Weekend 2018, you can reflect on all the special and memorable moments of the weekend by checking out our extensive coverage.

After what should be a long night of sleep for THON volunteers and dancers, the effort to break the record with next year’s final total starts tomorrow. Like it has for the last 45 years, Penn State will rise to the challenge and do it over again — all in pursuit of a cure.

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Elissa Hill

Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


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