THON is short for Penn State Dance Marathon, the largest student run philanthropy in the world! THON is a 46 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon the students of Penn State started in 1973. Then there were 29 dance couples. Today there are more than 700 students that compete for the chance to scarific their bodies so that they can raise funds for the Four Diamonds Fund that supports families seeking treatment out of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. THON covers everything for the families that insurance doesn't. THON covers food vouchers at the hospital to gas money to get them to treatment. THON has allowed families to embrace their children instead of worry about their medical expenses.
My THON experience
My family has been active in THON since my junior year of college in 2006. I was a moraler, my job was to make sure my dancer was taken care of from activities to pass the time, to foot massages, to bringing them whatever food craving they had at 3am. My younger sister Lauren was a freshman and a dancer that year, and thus our family's love affair began with a truly amazing cause.
THON 2011- TOGETHER WITHOUT LIMITS
For THON 2011, my familiy realized Together we have No Limits. My youngest sister Megan had fundraised and applied to dance for Penn State Altoona. Her fellow dancing partners, Matt, Ian (a former 4 diamonds child!) and Mary were truly strong and amazing kids. The personal strength they showed this past weekend was that of cancer warriors.
So now if someone asks you "What is THON?" You know the answer. THON is love.
You can still donate today at www.THON.org. Check it out to see what its all about, and learn what we mean when we say WE ARE.....PENN STATE!