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Penn State Dance Marathon
raises record $12.37M

Associated Press, by CHRISTINA GALLAGHER

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Posted By:ragu, 2/17/2013 7:42:48 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A 46-hour, no-sitting-or-sleeping-allowed dance marathon at Penn State raised more than $12.37 million for pediatric cancer research and care, shattering last year´s record-breaking total by nearly $1.7 million. The announcement delivered by student organizers to more than 700 dancers and thousands of volunteers, along with cancer patients and their families, concluded the weekend-long IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon at 4 p.m. Sunday. The event commonly known as "THON" is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Counting Sunday´s total, students have now raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 2/17/2013 8:01:21 PM     (No. 9182133)

They might want to raise money for victims of child abuse as well. Not only for Sandusky´s victims, but for foster and child protective agencies that rescue children from inhumane environments.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dixieboy1, 2/17/2013 8:14:46 PM     (No. 9182143)

Finally, some good news out of Penn State.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 2/17/2013 8:25:34 PM     (No. 9182156)

More money into the bottomless "cancer research" well.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FunOne, 2/17/2013 9:40:48 PM     (No. 9182204)

What happened at Penn State was repugnant, but can we be fair to the students and faculty there that were not involved in the sordid affair? They should not have to be punished for the sins of others.

Their fundraising effort is commendable.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MHR, 2/17/2013 9:50:42 PM     (No. 9182211)

So proud of all involved, this takes a year to raise the amazing 12 million...It´s the largest collegiate philanthropic fundraiser in the world. The kids work so so hard on this all year, all over the state.

Be happy for a change eh? They´ve been doing this for many years and each year their numbers go up...look it up, THON.... and see the wing of the Hershey Hospital THEY´VE BUILT.

Negativity here is unbelievable!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dulac, 2/17/2013 10:38:12 PM     (No. 9182234)

My cousin´s baby was born with Down´s Syndrome and needed open heart surgery and then chemo for leukemia (both common in conjunction with Down´s, as you know). She was treated at Hershey and is doing wonderfully. Many years later. My cousin is a neo-natal nurse and knows her stuff -- and credits THON every year for the amazing impact their fundraising has made for children. $12million is an AMAZING amount of money - and more than $100million lifetime is truly incredible. Congratulations to all involved and thank you for helping save the life of my cousin´s beautiful daughter.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/18/2013 12:22:45 AM     (No. 9182315)

That´s marvelous!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/18/2013 1:56:12 AM     (No. 9182339)

They are amazing. They always raise an incredible amount of money for this very worthy cause and I applaud them.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Brittany, 2/18/2013 9:17:10 AM     (No. 9182655)

No advances in cancer research? Try the local little girl who was dying from cancer and just went through a new trial treatment for the childhood cancer that kills most of these Thon clients. She was at the Thon free of cancer this weekend. See today´s www.centredaily.com. Plus these Thon people finance the treatment and family insurance needs of their clients and become personal support for families. I just adore the sour grapes of people who post here. One year the student house next to me was occupied by Thon organizers and they often worked until 2 a.m. By a proud resident of State College not connected to the college. You should be so lucky.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MHR, 2/18/2013 4:53:23 PM     (No. 9183582)

BRAVO #10!!!

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