Observing our world from the middle-aged cheap seats, I can recite a litany of reasons to not love what I see. School shootings, freak and destructive storms, crazy political rancor – it can all make a gal a little despondent. However, in the spirit of this upcoming Valentine’s Day, I would like to instead share that hope – and youth – springs eternal and is most certainly thriving in a place called State College, PA.
This month (February 21 – 23, 2014) something will happen at Penn State that is nothing short of remarkable. Thousands of students will stay awake and on their feet for 46 hours straight; all united in working toward the sole purpose of supporting the fight against pediatric cancer.
A bit of background: THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. That’s right: all STUDENT-LED. The THON website notes that back in 1973 the first dance marathon raised $2,000. Now, over forty years later, THON encompasses over 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $101 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
To read more and support THON, continue to Kim Dalferes’ blog, The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats. Kim and her husband will donate $1 for every comment on her post, so please save your comments for her blog. Thank you!