"THON is a student run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. [Their] mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research - all in pursuit of a cure."
- THON website
Over 16,500 student volunteers work throughout the year to raise money and awareness for children and families impacted by childhood cancer. It is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. These yearlong efforts culminate in a 46-hour dance marathon. In 1977, THON partnered with it's sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital and since then has raised over $168,000,000 and helped over 4,000 families in need.