With various stories about the event.
Hazleton Standard Speaker:: Dance of Love: Nittany Lion football players help make THON memorable for local youngster
A dozen kids and their families get a personal tour of the Penn State football facilities.
The Daily Collegian: Players grant wishes
Another article on the tours hosted by the football players.
Centre Daily Times: Cancer benefit kickoff, impact larger than life
More than 2000 students prep the Jordan Center for THON. A mother of one of the young cancer patients is quoted as saying – “When they’re with those Penn State students,” Sharon Otstott said, “you see these kids (become) normal kids again.”
CentreDaily.com: Students raise $5.2 million at Thon
Crowd estimated as 10,000 to 12,000 for Sunday’s afternoon wrapup.
The Daily Collegian: Thon breaks record by $1 million.
Tavern employee quoted in the article – Independent dancer Jen Shaffer (senior- kinesiology) wore an orange cape during Thon, which her moraler gave her so she’d be easy to spot on the crowded floor. “My moraler made it for me, and in her first shift, gave it to me as a surprise,” she said.
The Daily Collegian: Families enjoy each others’ company at Thon breakfast
On Sunday morning, organizers host a breakfast for all the families in attendance who have a child that has been helped by the Four Diamonds Fund. From the article – Catharine Scott, whose daughter Colleen was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 5, said without the Four Diamonds Fund, paying for Colleen’s treatment “probably would have bankrupted us.
The Daily Collegian: Former Thon kid relives her experience
As a teenager, Kern had the most common type of bone cancer among children, osteogenic sarcoma, in her right knee. She was a Four Diamonds child in 1992 and is now cancer-free. Still, someone from her family has returned to Thon each year for the past 15 years.
The Daily Collegian: Thon supporters trek 135 miles for the kids.
Runners brave brutal conditions to relay a backpack of letters from kids in the Four Diamonds Children’s Ward at Hershey Medical Center 135 miles to deliver them to dancers at the Dance Marathon. This was the first time they did this run and it worked so well that it’s apt to become an annual tradition now.
The Daily Collegian: Mail call delights, energizes dancers.
“You’ve got mail!” he screamed. “Lots of mail!” he added, eliciting cheers and whoops from the tired crowd at this weekend’s Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Left: Dancer Kerri O’Rourke reads a letter she received during mail call.
StateCollege.com: Familes share experience, find support at Thon.
Article talks about three families and their battles with childhood cancer. One family talks about a special day the Four Diamond Fund hosts for siblings of cancer patients, oft times forgotten victims as the disease hits a family.
The Daily Collegian: Family Hour evokes emotion from all.
At 1PM on Sunday, families of the cancer victims and survivors take the stage to share their stories with the dancers. It is annually the most emotional moment of the event and serves to remind everyone why they are there.
The Daily Collegian: Athletes add excitement
Bears kicker Robbie Gould: “It’s awesome,” said former Nittany Lions kicker and current Chicago Bear Robbie Gould, who signed autographs and took pictures with the kids. “As an alum, this is important to me … it’s the reason you’re here, and it’s the reason you come back.”
The Daily Collegian: Kids work it on the stage
Thon children “worked it” Saturday morning as they strutted, tossed their hair and were treated like celebrities during the kids’ fashion show. The children wore brand new clothes that were donated to the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon by local merchants. Each child was allowed to keep the outfit he or she modeled.