THON 2016: The Big Reveal!

The 2016 Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) raised $9,770,332.32 for the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raises money to fight pediatric cancer.

THON 2016 Line Dance

THON Line Dance

Dancers perform the line dance on the final day of THON 2016.

IMAGE: Photo by Michelle Bixby

The 44th year of THON ran from Feb. 19 to 21 as dancers stood for 46 hours without sleep at the Bryce Jordan Center. 

Uno at THON

Fun and Games at THON

Skylar Slotter, left, plays UNO with dancer friend Amanda Hanglow and Dancer Relations Committee Member Rickie Huang Saturday during the second day of THON 2016. 

IMAGE: Photo by Michelle Bixby

The funds raised by THON are used to cover the treatment costs for pediatric cancer patients as well as supported cancer research. 

Unpacking for THON

Ready to Dance

Wati Kumwenda, a first-time dancer representing Penn State New Kensington, unpacks in the women's locker room moments before she makes her way to the dance floor to stand for 46 hours at THON 2016.

IMAGE: Photo by Michelle Bixby

Since 1977, THON has raised more than $136 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. 

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.