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The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is a yearlong fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric cancer. It is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world engaging more than 15,000 students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the oldest and longest dance marathon in the country. 


Funds raised through THON support innovative and sustainable pediatric cancer research at Penn State Hershey. Since pairing in 1977, THON has raised more than $137 million to the Four Diamonds Fund, its sole beneficiary. The Four Diamonds fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for the patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their child. Because of large donors like THON, Penn State Hershey Hospital recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research, and to maintain and expand the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital. Over the years, the tireless work of Penn State students has benefited numerous families battling pediatric cancer and each year bring us one step closer to finding a cure. 

Thank you for your interest in THON. Here you will find press releases and media related contact. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Sherlock , Public Relations Director at or 800-392-THON.