Video: Capturing the story of Penn State's THON

September 27, 2012

Thanks to a documentary from Penn State Public Broadcasting, viewers can see some of the magic that goes on behind-the-scenes to create the Penn State Dance Marathon, or THON.

"Why We Dance: The Story of THON" will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 on WPSU-TV and public television stations across Pennsylvania and through a live, online stream of the premiere at posted to Vimeo and YouTube at 9 p.m.

THON has raised more than $88 million since 1977 to help fight pediatric cancer through the Four Diamonds Fund.

The hour-long film introduces viewers to families supported by THON and follows Penn State THON students during their year-long effort to raise money for the fund.

To watch a video about the documentary, click /video/146213/2013/02/08/video-no-title.


  • In a scene from 'Why We Dance: The story of THON,' Charlie Beecher celebrates being cancer-free. Click on the image above to watch the video.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated September 27, 2012