NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence is going to have a little extra blue and white in it this weekend as Penn State THON volunteers will be downtown looking for your coins in their effort to raise money to help fight children's cancer. Penn State students will be in towns all around the tri-state area, dancing on street corners and at storefronts raising money.
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known as THON, is a yearlong fundraising effort to raise money for pediatric cancer patients and research at the Penn State Children’s Hospital at Hershey Medical Center.
All the money raised is donated to the Four Diamonds Fund, which is based at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. The fund is used to provide care and support to all children who are battling cancer at Hershey. The families of these children never see a single bill for the treatment that their child is receiving and it is also used to fund critical research to find new treatments and cures for pediatric cancer.
THON is the largest student run philanthropic event in the world, and the fundraising season culminates in a 46 hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon in February.
Canners have become a staple in the community over the years, but this will be the last time that they will be out. THON and Penn State administrators have chosen to discontinue canning after this weekend due to student safety.
The families of Penn State freshmen Hannah Caminiti and Johnny Souren, both New Providence High School graduates, will be hosting canners from the Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania at Penn State and the Kinesiology Club, respectively. Be on the lookout for the friendly faces of these Penn State students as they work to conquer pediatric cancer!