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Editor's Voice: The power of THON: its compassion is felt here

Posted 12/13/01

Though Penn State’s annual dance marathon for the Four Diamonds Fund, called THON, is held far from the Middletown area, it touches our lives. Not just because it benefits the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that helps families of children fighting …

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Editor's Voice: The power of THON: its compassion is felt here

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Though Penn State’s annual dance marathon for the Four Diamonds Fund, called THON, is held far from the Middletown area, it touches our lives. Not just because it benefits the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that helps families of children fighting cancer and researchers search for a cure at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, but because the compassion behind the event leaves an indelible mark on our children, inspiring them to care for their fellow man.

While students in State College have raised $89 million since 1977 from the dance marathon, set for Feb. 15-17 this year, local students of all ages have emulated their unselfish efforts here.

Lower Dauphin High School will again hold its own mini-THON in March to raise money for Four Diamonds.

Middletown Area High School will hold its second mini-THON on Feb. 22. Even South Hanover Elementary School will hold its own mini-THON in March, and it’s no small affair: Last year, 250 students raised $13,000.

Penn State Harrisburg students will join the dancers in State College – and they’ve already held several fund-raisers to contribute to the cause. In September, they broke the college’s record for collecting donations in cans they carried along streets and in neighborhoods, raising $11,000.

THON is billed as “the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.’’ The money it’s raised is impressive, but the compassion it’s fostered among our young citizens is important as well.