Each year, students across PA raise money to help kids like Charlie who are fighting a tough fight against cancer. In 2012, they raised over 10 million dollars through THON events! The Beecher family is featured in this new documentary that chronicles the student-run philanthropy, THON, and the children, families, and students who are changed by their experience.
Watch the videos below to hear Shane's story and meet the WPSU documentary producer, Jeff Hughes.
To many people, THON is a weekend-long event with 46 straight hours of dancing. What they may not see is an entire year spent raising awareness and money to conquer childhood cancer.
Why We Dance: The Story of THON will introduce you to the inspirational children battling cancer and the Penn State students who participate in THON, dedicating themselves to making a difference for others.
As the THON clock ticks down on hour 46, not a soul is left unchanged. When Why We Dance: The Story of THON airs as a 60-minute public television documentary, viewers will be touched by the selflessness of their fellow mankind.
Mark your calendar! witf will air this documentary on September 27 at 9 p.m., September 29 at 4 p.m. and September 30 at 7 p.m.
Click here to read a THON story at our Digital Quilt!
THON changes lives.
Since 1977, Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) has been raising money—now nearing $80 million dollars— to help The Four Diamonds Fund assist children and their families in the battle against childhood cancer.