Penn State students raise over $11 million for pediatric cancer patients in annual dance marathon

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Hundreds of Penn State students have raised almost $11.7 million dollars for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon.

The $11,696,942.38 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy.


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Money raised benefits pediatric cancer patients and their families at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The amount raised this year was more than $1 million over last year's total. Before this year's event, officials said the dance marathon had raised more than $168 million since 1977.


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