Dancing to beat cancer?
Penn State kicked off THON yesterday, a 46 hour marathon of non-stop dancing with no sleeping or sitting allowed. Why? To raise money to beat childhood cancer.
"Words don`t even describe what`s in this room right now," Shana Maschak, a student at Penn State told WNEP. "Come Sunday, when it`s at capacity, that`s the best moment of our lives, you know, we`re doing this for the kids."
Every year since 1973, Penn State hosts a two-day Dance-thon to raise money to fully support pediatric cancer paitients. Last year, the fund raised an impressive $9.8 million dollars, making it the largest student-run philanthropy.
Paterno was a great supporter of the philanthropic event, speaking there in 2009.
"He's in all of our hearts," Jennifer Evans, a student, told the Philadelphia Inquirer of the late football coach. "But we still 'THON' on.