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We THON for Four Diamonds, which offsets the cost of cancer treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may affect the welfare of the child.

Three THON dancers in the foreground shot and cry as the total amount raised is announced.

THON dancers shout

THON Public Relations captains shout and cry moments after the THON 2011 total is annouced on stage in the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, February 20. Penn State students raised $9,563,016.09 over the organization's fundraising year; the funds will benefit the Four Diamonds Fund in its research for a cure to pediatric cancer.

Image: Penn State News

"I danced for 46 hours. Every part of me ached....

Three dancers in yellow shirts dance on the main floor.

THON dancing

A team of dancers bust a move February 15 at THON 2013 in the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State's University Park campus.

Image: Penn State News

Then they announced that we'd raised over $12 million....

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The Nittany Lion kicks off THON 2013

The Nittany Lion welcomed a capacity crowd to day two of the 2013 Penn State Dance Marathon on Saturday Feb. 16 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Image: Patrick Mansell

Everyone started hugging and crying. It changed my life."

—Penn State student

The History of THON

THON was first organized in 1973 by a group of students looking to add excitement to a dreary February in central Pennsylvania, and for a way to give back to the community. Today, Penn State's THON continues to be the longest dance marathon in the country lasting 46 hours. 

THON has grown to engage more than 15,000 students each year and has inspired other university, high school, middle school, and elementary school students across the nation to start dance marathons of their own all in the hopes of conquering pediatric cancer!