Posted on 03/02/2020
THONCV Mini-THON Travels to Penn State THON
Evan Williams
Staff Writer

Every year, Penn State holds its annual THON, regarded as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. On February 22nd, CV Mini-THON committee members were able to attend the event in order to experience it profound impact, as well as to see how it has inspired Mini-THONs across the state.

THON is held in Penn State’s main arena, the Bryce Jordan Center. It is a 46 hour dance marathon in which over 16,500 student volunteers and even more students and attendees donate their time and money to help end pediatric cancer.

The best part? Those attending are not allowed to sit down, making it even more amazing that over 700 students were able to attend for the
entire 46 hours.

This year, THON raised $11.7 million, an amount that they plan to continue topping every year. Mini-THON overall senior Grace Brown-Scherer was one of the CV students able to attend this year’s event.

“THON was so incredible and very inspiring,” she said." It was amazing to see so many people come together for the same amazing cause. The environment was so
positive and heartwarming.”

THON’s impact goes well beyond the walls of the Bryce Jordan Center as well. The $11.7 million raised, along with the millions more raised statewide at high school Mini-THONs, all goes to families who have been affected by childhood cancer.

“THON has impacted pediatric cancer by raising the survival rate of children. It has given Four Diamonds families more hope for the future and less things to worry about through their battle,” Brown-Scherer said.

Initially its own individual event, THON gained a massive following, eventually inspiring high schools across Pennsylvania to begin their own Mini-THONs. On the similarities between THON and CV’s Mini-THON, Brown-Scherer said, “we are both raising money to fight
pediatric cancer, both events bring together all kinds of people to fight for the same cause, and both have such positive, uplifting environments.”

After attending THON at Penn State, it becomes clear how Cumberland Valley has had such success with their own event. Many of the Mini-THON traditions that precede the actual event were inspired by what goes on at Penn State.

“Obviously, THON inspired the start of Mini-THONs. Things like the pep rally, line dance, and the team dances all come from Penn State’s THON,” Brown-Scherer said.

Mini-THONs leadership and committee members talk about events like THON to other students who are thinking about joining Mini-THON, as it is a great example of an amazing experience that comes out of joining such an organization.

Brown-Scherer said to any prospective Mini-THON member, “You will not regret it! It is incredible to see all we can do to help these families when we all join together. Joining Mini-THON has been the best part of my
time at CV.”

THON is free to attend and occurs every year in late February. For more information and to learn how you can help out or get involved, visit Penn State THON’s website.
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