Dancers at THON were excited about two things a little after four this Sunday afternoon.
One, that they got to sit after standing, dancing, and staying awake for 46 hours.
Two, that they raised more money for children with cancer this year than they did last year.
This year’s over 10.6 million dollars tops 2018’s 10.1 plus million dollars raised throughout the year by student, clubs, fraternities and sororities at Penn State.
Jennifer Worek, Media Relations Lead at THON says the numbers are important because they represent lives that will be helped.
“It’s so exiting seeing the total go up at the weekend, we love being able to support our families financially and also emotionally, so that is a huge part of our mission, we have those relationships with our families, but at the end of the year seeing that total go up definitely brings all of our efforts together,” Worek said.
The weekend included the 700 plus dancers that stayed awake for 46 hours playing board games and hanging out with the families and children who had cancer that they support.
Student groups in the stands that came and went throughout the weekend were treated to surprise performances from Andy Grammer, as well as from Mason Ramsey and the rockets. At times the stands were at the full capacity of 18,000.
The money will go to the four diamonds organization to give to the families of children with cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, to cover medical costs and other costs insurance doesn’t cover.