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Penn State’s THON poised to raise millions to fight childhood cancer

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| Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:21 a.m
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Penn State THON dancer, Emily Rose, 22, of Mount Pleasant, Pa poses for a portrait in front of the stage at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.
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Penn State THON dancer, Emily Rose, 22, of Mount Pleasant, Pa participates in the line dance at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.
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Penn State THON dancer, Emily Rose, 22, of Mount Pleasant, Pa participates in the line dance at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.
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Members of the Penn State Football Team perform a dance routine during the annual THON Pep Rally at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
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Members of the Penn State Football Team strike a pose during their dance routine in the annual THON Pep Rally at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
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Members of the Penn State Men’s Swimming Team perform a dance routine during the annual THON Pep Rally at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
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Members of the Penn State Men’s Gymnastics Team perform in the annual THON Pep Rally at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
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Penn State’s Blue Sapphire, Gillian Brooks, kicks of the annual THON Pep Rally with a performance at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
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Dancer Relations Captains lead the first THON line dance at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
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THON dancer, Lauren Sonsteby, of State College, PA high fives as she makes her way through the human tunnel to the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
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THON dancer Sarah Hanson, 22, of Seattle, WA, learns this year’s line dance with a THON family member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Cambria Sannborn, 9, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
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THON dancer, Kathryn Lannon, embraces Marisa Lombardo, 20, of Ocean Township, NJ as the 705 dancers make their way through a human tunnel to the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
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THON participants in the Bryce Jordan Center raise their hands in a shape of a diamond as they practice this year’s line dance on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
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THON dancer, Lidia Grzybacz, high fives as she makes her way through a human tunnel to the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
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Members of the Penn State Men’s Fencing Team perform a dance routine during the annual THON Pep Rally at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
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Penn State THON dancer, Emily Rose, 22, of Mount Pleasant, Pa dancers for her older brother, Aaron, who passed away from leukemia when he was ten years old. Emily poses in front of the stage at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Emily dance
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Penn State THON dancer, Emily Rose, 22, of Mount Pleasant, Pa participates in the line dance at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.

Penn State University students are pulling in funds from communities throughout the state and the world while it hosts THON, a 46-hour dance marathon.

The student-run philanthropy is “committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer,” according to its website. “Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research – all in pursuit of a cure.”

In 2018, THON, which is led by the PSU Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, raised more than $10 million, the website said.

The intiative culminates with the dance marathon.

Participants came up with a line dance to build hype surrounding THON.

The dance began Friday night and will end Sunday.

You can livestream nonstop THON action here.

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