THON documentary to air on Big Ten Network this weekend

February 19, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Every February, thousands of Penn State students fill the Bryce Jordan Center to participate in Penn State’s annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, THON, to combat pediatric cancer.

While this event is well known as the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, few realize the amount of planning, fundraising and preparation necessary to execute THON year after year.

Penn State Public Media’s “Why We Dance: The Story of THON” chronicles the children, family and students behind THON and will air at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 on the Big Ten Network during THON 2014.

The 60-minute television program, which premiered on public television stations in 2012, introduces viewers to THON and its philanthropy, The Four Diamonds Fund. It follows Penn State THON student volunteers as they plan and carry out logistics for fundraising events and share special experiences with their adopted Four Diamonds families throughout the year.

The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital helps families afford specialized care, providing financial assistance for medical expenses and cancer research.

THON 2014 takes place from Feb. 21 to 23 at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.

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