THON attracts viewers from all over the world

People from 180 countries and all 50 states -- a total of 287,000 viewers worldwide -- watched at least some portion of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) from Feb. 15-17 on the webcast produced by students from the College of Communications at Penn State.

During the final hour of the 46-hour event, more than 16,000 viewers watched THON online. Communications students produced the coverage in collaboration with several units across campus.

More viewers (94,305) watched from Pennsylvania than any other state. New York was second (15,206), followed by New Jersey (13,622), California (10,290) and Florida (9,268). Texas, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and Massachusetts were next on the list.

Among other countries, the most viewers watched from Spain (5,026), which was followed by Italy (3,086), Great Britain (2,917), Canada (2,444) and Mexico (2,044). Brazil, Germany, Argentina, the Russian Federation and France completed the international top 10.

Along with the webcast, communications students provided complete coverage before, during and after THON with multimedia projects, photos and stories. Fifteen photojournalism students working in shifts covered the event and produced some best-of pictures from the event. PHOTOS

THON -- which thrives thanks to the efforts of more than 15,000 Penn State students, as well as alumni, donors and supporters all over the world -- raised more than $12.37 million to battle pediatric cancer this year. That pushed the total over $100 million since THON’s partnership with the Four Diamonds Fund in 1977.

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Last Updated May 23, 2014