SPRING TWP., Pa. - Penn State University's dance marathon, known as THON, raised more than $10 million this weekend. That total includes a big contribution from PSU Berks, which was the top campus for fundraising this year.
For 46 consecutive hours, Penn State students from across the state put their dance moves on display.
"I was pulling out my mom moves, but I just kept trying to sway as much as I could," said Penn State Berks team member Jasleen Bhogal.
The dancers were part of THON, which raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund. The fund helps children battling cancer.
Tyler Lehman is a childhood cancer survivor, and he was part of the five-member Penn State Berks team.
"Always sort of a way to give back, but also just to say, just to show the kids you can get through this," he said.
The students are back in Berks County now, and they said there were highs and lows of dancing 46 hours straight. The highest point was learning more than $10 million was raised, and the Penn State team was the top fundraising campus, collecting $71,000 in donations.
"We've worked so hard all year to raise money, and knowing Berks came out on top is amazing," said team member Megan Klan.
Dancing for 46 hours is grueling, but participants said they just push through it because their suffering is nothing compared to the children who benefit from it.
"It's rough seeing littler kids than me going through, seeing their heads shaved, getting chemo poured into them," Lehamn said. "It's really depressing, but you know, in the end, all of these people are getting helped by THON."
Every year 16,000 people come together to make the fundraiser happen, making sure no family sponsored in the program has to pay medical bills for a child.
"It's such a mind blowing experience, and it's certainly indescribable the emotions you go through," said team member Morgan Omlor.
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