Shiloh Crimmel was diagnosed with cancer last year and she and her family will overcome it with the help of her friends in Penn State.

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After a year of fundraising efforts, Penn State’s Thon pushed the boundaries once again, raising over $ 11 million.

In total, the event has grown this year $ 11,696,942.38, which will be used to provide medical care, research and support to families fighting childhood cancer.

This exceeds last year’s total of $ 10,621,683.76, but the record still remains at the $ 13.34 million raised in 2014. In his 47 years, Thon has raised over $ 167 million.

Thon, a 46-hour dance marathon held on the Penn State campus, typically attracts thousands of students who trade sleep for a 46-hour dance marathon, standing next to pediatric cancer survivors and their families.

Crowds learn the dance of the current line during Thon’s first day, Friday February 16, 2018, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Phoebe Sheehan, AP)

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The dance marathon was organized for the first time in 1973 by a group of students looking for an opportunity to return to their community. It has since become the largest student-managed philanthropy in the world, both in terms of revenue and voluntary participation. Over 16,500 volunteer students participate in one-year fundraising efforts each year for the benefit of the event’s only beneficiary, Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

The Four Diamonds funds pediatric cancer research and provides assistance to approximately 600 children and their families each year who receive cancer treatment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

In 2020, Thon generated the funds to support:

  • 7,798 weeks of psychological counseling at Penn State Children’s Hospital
  • 58,485 days of nutritional therapy at Penn State Children’s Hospital
  • 16,246 days of outpatient support for a child’s life
  • 4,679 weeks of laboratory experiments searching for a cure for childhood cancer
  • 7,798 weeks for a team of specialist nurse coordinators to manage all patient needs
  • 11,140 weeks of co-paid coverage for a child’s prescription

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