THON Executive Committee members announce a total of $ 10,621,683.76 in fundraising for 2019 on Sunday, February 17th. Picture of Patrick Spurlock / Onward State
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THON Executive Committee members announce a total of $ 10,621,683.76 in fundraising for 2019 on Sunday, February 17th. Photo of Steve Connelly / Onward State
Another year another important fundraiser for Penn State TUNA and its efforts to support research and pediatric cancer patients.
After a year of fundraising that culminated in the 46-hour dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center, which ran for 46 hours, the event ended with the revelation that THON 2019 had amassed dollars10,621,683.76 for the four diamonds at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Since 1977, THON, the world's largest student-led philanthropy, has raised more than $ 173 million for the Four Diamonds to provide financial support to pediatric patients with cancer and their families, as well as facilities and research. Due to Four Diamonds and THON, no family of pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey receives a medical bill.
This year's total fundraising is an increase of $10,151,663.93. High tide was set in 2014 at $ 13,343,517.33.
The last hours of THON at Bryce Jordan Center were rich in emotions. The traditional Family time Recognized all Four Diamonds families and families of three Four Diamond children spoke to share stories of grief and inspiration.
At the same time, the Philadelphia-based The Rockets cover group kept everyone standing and stimulated for the last hour before the dancers could sit for the first time in two days at four o'clock. The Rockets took over the last evening of THON at Go Go Gadjet, who did not play this year.
– Current state (@OnwardState) February 17, 2019