It's THON Weekend 2013!

Penn State students rock the Bryce Jordan Center in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon for pediatric cancer research.

Every year, thousands of dancers and volunteers participate in the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known as THON. Since 1977, THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. 

Charles and Irma Millard founded the Four Diamonds Fund following the passing of their 14-year-old son, Christopher, to pediatric cancer. Four Diamonds' name comes from a story Christopher wrote about four qualities that are necessary in overcoming cancer: Courage, Wisdom, Honesty and Strength.

Four Diamonds, the sole beneficiary of THON funds, offsets the cost of treatment that a family's health insurance does not cover as well as non-medical costs, such as household expenses that may impede the care of the child. Both organizations look towards bright futures as they continue to keep their missions in mind: conquering pediatric cancer through outstanding emotional and financial support.