PSU's THON raises nearly $10M to fight childhood cancer
February 22, 2016 12:00 AM
Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via Associated Press
Jillian Baker does a line dance during the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon on Sunday at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. The 46-hour dance marathon raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund to help families battling pediatric cancer.
Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP
Participants hold up a signs that combine to read “$9,770332.32.”
By Kevin Kirkland / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penn State University’s annual dance marathon raised $9.8 million to fight childhood cancer, its organizers announced Sunday.
The 700-plus volunteers on the University Park, Pa., campus may not have been actually dancing the entire weekend, but they’re not allowed to sit or sleep for 46 hours.
Since 1977, a total of nearly $137 million has gone to THON’s beneficiary, Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The bulk of that is raised over the year, as hundreds of student groups, including Greek organizations and athletes, hold fundraisers and spend time with pediatric patients.
One highlight this year: Penn State fans discovered that their freshmen football players can dance, too. On Saturday night, running back Saquon Barkley, receiver Juwan Johnson and safety Jarvis Miller led a dozen true or redshirt freshmen in a choreographed hip-hop routine that won the THON dance contest after the trio defeated three members of the women’s soccer team in a dance-off. Among the dancers in the video is John Petrishen, who wears number 16 and is a Central Catholic High School graduate from Lower Burrell.
Kevin Kirkland: 412-263-1978 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Audrey Snyder and Bill Schackner contributed to this story.
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