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Campus to roll out blue carpet for screening of THON documentary

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9/7/2012 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley will roll out the blue carpet for the premiere of "Why We Dance: The Story of THON" on Thursday, Sept. 27 in room 135 at the campus in Center Valley. The event begins at 6 p.m. with photos with the Nittany Lion and free popcorn. The 7 p.m. film screening will be preceded by a short program including THON families, past dancers, and the current campus THON team. Additional movie snacks will be available for purchase with all proceeds supporting campus efforts to battle pediatric cancer.

"Why We Dance: The Story of THON" is a 60-minute television program that introduces viewers to families battling childhood cancer and follows Penn State student volunteers throughout the year as they plan and carry out logistics for fundraising events and share special experiences with their adopted THON families. More than 15,000 students take part in Penn State’s annual dance marathon, better known as THON. Students also helped with the production of Penn State Public Broadcasting’s documentary about THON.

THON has raised more than $88 million over the past 40 years. Last year, the Penn State Lehigh Valley team raised more than $31,000. The money goes to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which provides support for families of children with cancer and cancer research. To watch the latest clip from the documentary, visit http://live.psu.edu/youtube/1eLE9EMZUBg online.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are available online by clicking here.

 

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