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Virtual THON Weekend 2021 wraps, raises more than $10.6 million for Four Diamonds

THON, Penn State’s student-run philanthropy that supports children and families fighting childhood cancer, went virtual for the first time ever this year. But there was nothing virtual about the participants’ enthusiasm — or the money they helped raise.

From Feb. 19 through Feb. 21, THON Weekend 2021 livestreamed into homes across the country. More than 600 Penn State students participated remotely, dancing and standing up to cancer. The event featured many traditional THON favorites, including dances, special performances and the annual pep rally.

By the end of the weekend, participants raised $10,638,078.62 to benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. The funds are used to cover the treatment costs for pediatric cancer patients at our hospital and to support cancer research.

Since 1977, THON has raised $180 million to benefit Four Diamonds. See the global results of that support in the Four Diamonds’ 2019-2020 annual Impact Report.

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