THON 2015: The Big Reveal!

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon hauled in another massive fundraising total this year: $13,026,653.23 for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

THON 2015, Penn State's 43rd annual Dance Marathon, concluded its annual 46-hour THON Weekend today (Feb. 22) at the Bryce Jordan Center by raising $13,026,653.23 in the fight against pediatric cancer.

"THON...overcomes challenges, defies stereotypes, and redefines its possibilities for the benefit of the children and families of the Four Diamonds Fund."—THON executive committee

Dancers flow into the BJC on the 1st day of THON

Penn State THON 2015 "Moraler" greets dancers

THON "Moraler" Brittany Robbins, a sophomore studying speech pathology, greets dancers making their way into the Bryce Jordan Center for the first day of THON 2015 on Feb. 20. The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Image: Michelle Bixby

THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, is a yearlong annual fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Student tap dancer performing

Penn State alumnus Josh Johnson at THON 2015

Penn State alumnus Josh Johnson, with backing from Blue Band drummers, warmed up the crowd with his tap dancing skills at the beginning of THON 2015 on Feb. 20. Johnson has performed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "ABC World News" and other national TV programs. 

Image: Bill Zimmerman

All funds raised through the efforts of more than 15,000 Penn State student volunteers benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The Four Diamonds Fund assists children being treated for cancer and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research that impacts and improves cancer treatments around the world.

Since 1977, THON has raised more than $114 million for the Four Diamonds Fund in the fight to conquer pediatric cancer. More information about THON is available at online.


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!