Penn State students empowered the dreamers and raised $13,026,653.23 for the Four Diamonds Fund for THON 2015.
The 2015 Penn State Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon adds to the more than $114 million accumulated since 1977 to support children and their families fighting pediatric cancer at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center .
The Bryce Jordan Center was filled with people and anticipation as the THON 2015 Executive Directors stood on stage and revealed numbers that not only signify the hard work of the Penn State students throughout the year but also one step closer to a cure.
VIDEO: THON's total is revealed at the BJC pic.twitter.com/e4I1pzIQAA— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) February 22, 2015
“There’s a mix of excitement and tension — it’s indescribable, there’s just so many emotions,” Bobby Mullin (junior-biology) said.
Although the total amount raised is less than last year’s total of $13,343,517.33, Mullin said it doesn’t matter because the money will still help so many kids battling pediatric cancer.
He said during the final reveal, “everyone freaks out in excitement because it means more kids with pediatric cancer can be helped and we can get closer to finding a cure for cancer.”
Kayleigh Williams (senior-communications) said she didn’t think it would be lower because Penn State Greater Allegheny‘s total amount raised this year was higher than last year, so she said she was very hopeful that THON 2015 would set a new record.
Dancer relations committee member Kim Le (senior-sociology) said she has noticed that every year the total increases in about $2 million increments, so she predicted it would be around $15 million this year.