Locals help THON raise $10 million for pediatric cancer
After 46 hours, 700 dancers and dozens of on-stage performances at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center, THON devotees have a final tally for their efforts.
$10,151,663.93 to be exact, revealed just after dancing stopped at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.
The annual dance event is a culmination of a yearlong fundraising effort by thousands of THON supporters looking to raise money for Four Diamonds, a charity at Hershey Medical Center conducting research and providing support for children suffering from pediatric cancer.
The event had three students hailing from Penn State York's student group benefiting THON.
The students — Casey Dierdorff, Paulina Martinez and Thalia Splawn — all shared their excitement and preparation late last week ahead of the event.
Splawn, who suffered from cancer when she was 4 years old, said it felt rewarding to be part of a program that helped her as a child.
“I was grateful that I’ve been (offered) the opportunity to give back to everybody that danced for me,” she said. “It’ll be interesting being on this side of things.”
Sunday night's tally now makes the total money raised by THON north of $156 million over its four-decade run.