Another Record Year For THON

By Mallory Lane

Published 02/23 2014 07:37PM

Updated 02/24 2014 12:01AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - It's another successful year for THON. Dancers on the floor are certainly exhausted, but say the moment of the final reveal is all worth it.
"It's for the kids, it's for the cure, go State, beat cancer," THON Dancer Samantha Zang says.
Samantha Zang's feet may be singing, but Sunday night, that's the last thing on her mind.
"Dancing is just as difficult as everyone says it is. It's a lot of pain, but it's nothing compared to what our children go through and our Four Diamonds Families and that's why we do it. I'm still shaking for the total reveal," Zang says.
Samantha is dancing for this little girl. Her family can't believe the support.
"It means everything it means more families that are coming in are going to get the same support we got and more and it's unbelievable," Four Diamonds member Laura Trimble says.
Other families echo that sentiment Sunday.
"It was incredible. I was guessing 14 million, but they were darn close. that's just amazing, college kids, can raise that kind of money. Just amazing. Coolest thing in the world," Four Diamonds member Scott Gerhart says.
“I walked up the stairs to overlook everything for the very first time. The tears just started coming....This is nothing we could have ever dreamed of. This is just incredible," Rhey Sullivan says.
From first timers to veterans, THON 2014 was truly incredible.
"I"m blown away. Everyone else was crying. I haven't started crying yet, but I"m sure it will hit me a little later. I'm just blown away we went over a million dollars more than last year," Penn State Junior Casey Lindlaw says.
"We're just in shock. We're both seniors and it's our last thon, so it's a really good one to end on,” Penn State Senior Maddie Gessner says.
THON executives are pleased with the outcome this year and say they're already planning for THON 2015.

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