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February 20, 2015

THON starts today at Penn State

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The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, commonly known as THON, begins today in State College. The annual 46-hour dance marathon is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and it raises money and awareness for the fight agaist pediatric cancer, according to thon.org, the official dance marathon website.

The money raised at THON -- it amounts to $114 million since 1977 -- benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The Fund provides direct support for children with cancer and their families.

Schreiber has a connection to this extraordinary philanthropic effort.

Photo credit: thon.org

Some of the kids receive treatments that can have devastating physical side effects. And Schreiber is one of the pediatric therapy centers that provides services to help these kids recover.

A child who receives treatment for a brain tumor might need to relearn how to walk or talk, or they might acquire cognitive impairments or learning disabilities. They might have poor hand-eye coordination or behavior problems.

Schreiber therapists see these issues every day. We know the toll that cancer can take on little ones. We say a heartfelt thank you to all those involved with THON through the years, especially the Penn State students past and present, who have helped raise money and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Because while we're in a position to help these kids today, we would be thrilled if somebody found a cure for childhood cancers tomorrow.

So, Penn State students, please keep up this fight.

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