Hershey gears up for THON

The 2013 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), benefitting Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, begins Friday (Feb. 15). THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and each year more than 15,000 students at Penn State campuses across Pennsylvania volunteer their time to raise money and awareness for the purpose of conquering pediatric cancer. Since 1979, THON has donated more than $89 million to The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey’s Children’s Hospital to help patients and families dealing with childhood cancer through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research.

THON is inviting the world to take part in a global line dance to raise awareness of pediatric cancer at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Dance With Us is designed as a 30-second line dance that fans and supporters from around the globe can participate in via Live Stream on the THON Facebook page. Participants can Dance With Us from the comfort of their living room, their backyard or even the grocery store.
An instructional video is available on the THON Facebook page.

On Feb. 13, 24 runners departed from the main entrance of the new Children’s Hospital on their journey to Penn State and the Bryce Jordan Center. Runners are carrying a bag of letters from Four Diamonds families expressing their gratitude to the students at Penn State and THON who support the Four Diamonds Fund. The Hope Express team can be followed as they make their way through central Pennsylvania at www.thehopeexpress.org.

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Last Updated February 14, 2013