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Why We Dance - The Story of Thon (Penn State Dance Marathon begins this afternoon)
youtube ^ | 2-15-13 | Penn State Students

Posted on 02/15/2013 10:23:26 AM PST by FlJoePa

Burn Penn State to the ground. Salt the earth. Dig up Joe and burn HIM.

This is the weekend where you can say anything about Penn State and it won't bother me.

But do me two favors. Watch the documentary (or at least the promo) linked, and donate to Thon - OR YOUR local pediatric cancer charity.

Since 1977, THON has donated over $89 Million to it's sole beneficiary - the Four Diamonds Fund/Hershey Medical Center. Over 96% of the take actually goes For The Kids.

It is the largest student run philanthropy in the world.

Why We Dance - The Story of THON - full documentary

THON 2013 Promo Video


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: pa; pennstate; thon
Hoping for an $11 Million reveal on Sunday afternoon. 15,000 student volunteers work year round for this. Watch live at thon.org (beginning today at 4PM) and sporadic live coverage on the Big Ten Network this weekend.

THIS is the weekend Penn Staters look forward to the most. Not OSU or Michigan football.

FTK

1 posted on 02/15/2013 10:23:33 AM PST by FlJoePa
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To: FlJoePa

I only wish they would quit collecting money in plastic buckets at busy traffic intersections. It’s only a matter of time before one of these kids gets hit and killed.


2 posted on 02/15/2013 10:43:06 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: FlJoePa
In 1978 I sold my first systems to PSU and Dr. Donald Laird got me involved in this {then young} charity.

I've donated every year since and because both of my children and one grandson were{are} Penn Staters, they have kept the heat on me for donations.

It is a great series of events and the PSU students will be at thousands of intersections all across PA collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Please give what you can.

3 posted on 02/15/2013 10:44:10 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: FlJoePa
I apologize - the 46 hour event doesn't start until 6PM EST. So beginning at 6PM there is live streaming from thon.org for the duration of the event.

The Big Ten Network (according to my guide) shows live broadcasts tonight @ 9PM and tomorrow morning @ 11:30AM.

FTK

4 posted on 02/15/2013 11:22:17 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: USS Alaska
"One day we'll dance in celebration. Until then - we dance for a cure."


5 posted on 02/15/2013 1:42:10 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa
Dancers are in the house. The dancers are justifiably treated like rock stars this weekend.

Donate to conquer pediatric cancer today. Either at thon.org or the local charity of your choice.

Another fantastic video:

"Don't Waste One Minute"

6 posted on 02/15/2013 2:41:19 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa
live link via ustream

also statecollege.com (working the best right now)

7 posted on 02/15/2013 3:00:58 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa
Main live stream link finally working properly:

hit the linky

8 posted on 02/15/2013 5:23:41 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

BTTT


9 posted on 02/15/2013 5:29:57 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: NittanyLion

Hour 18 - Place is packed. Great B1G Network coverage!

Please donate at thon.org or to your local pediatric cancer charity.

FTK!


10 posted on 02/16/2013 9:15:30 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

I have nothing but good things to say about Penn State Milton S. Hershey Hospital. My niece received top notch care in their high risk maternity ward as did my preemie triplet great nieces in their NICU – also supported and funded by Penn State, PSU students and alumnae.

Without such excellent care, my niece and her three now four year old and beautiful daughters might not be with us today.

Thanks for the reminder. I just sent my donation to the Thon for Pediatric Cancer.


11 posted on 02/16/2013 9:33:08 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA

Thanks MD. I made another donation I can’t really afford this morning. I wish I was there.

If anyone ever gets the chance to see this live (if you can get in), don’t miss it. The energy in that building could light up a city. Thanks again for donating.


12 posted on 02/16/2013 10:16:29 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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Layn Burger, 7, of Elizabethtown, Pa., hugs the Nittany Lion after walking down the runway of the THON 2013 fashion show on Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

This is Layn's seventh THON, and he has been off treatment for five years.


13 posted on 02/16/2013 11:30:54 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa
Hoping for an $11 Million reveal on Sunday afternoon. 15,000 student volunteers work year round for this. Watch live at thon.org (beginning today at 4PM) and sporadic live coverage on the Big Ten Network this weekend.

My Daughter has been helping with this since she entered PSU. A very worthy cause.
14 posted on 02/16/2013 11:59:14 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: PA Engineer
Much thanks to your daughter and her dedication and hard work FTK. Does anyone know if we can get this thread on the PA Ping List?

THON child Ethan, 6, samples some edible bubbles from Singing Lions dancer Catherine DeLuce (senior-theatre) while sitting on the shoulders of Kevin Bonacci (senior-rehabilitation and human services) during THON 2013.


15 posted on 02/16/2013 12:33:27 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: P.O.E.; FlJoePa
Does anyone know if we can get this thread on the PA Ping List?

Ping to thread for PA ping list. Thanks.
16 posted on 02/16/2013 12:56:22 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: PA Engineer
Jay spoke this morning and thinks they are going to exceed $12 million. That would be incredible. It would also push the total (since 1977) well over $100 million.

please everyone - donate $20 bucks at thon.org or to YOUR local pediatric cancer charity.

2012 Reveal:


17 posted on 02/16/2013 1:39:04 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: PA Engineer; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ...
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

Thanks PA Engineer for the heads up

18 posted on 02/16/2013 1:48:37 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.
Folks can donate up until midnight tonight and have it count in this year's total.

Let's go Lions! Let's get this done.

19 posted on 02/16/2013 2:09:55 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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John Urschel w/ a THON kid:

Urschel has never gotten a B. He's a Mathematics major who graduated in 3 years. He revealed he has had a paper published online and in print in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. The title of Urschel's paper? "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem".

You can read it here.

Nice job John! FTK

20 posted on 02/16/2013 7:10:47 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

3.5 hour wait to get in the building at this point. Too bad we can’t do this for men’s basketball!


21 posted on 02/16/2013 7:17:56 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: P.O.E.

The THON kid in the documentary (I should add - award winning documentary) Bryce - you see him right at the start - was emceeing tonight’s sports teams/clubs and their skits. I didn’t catch if he was cancer free, but he sure seems on the mend.

FTK


22 posted on 02/16/2013 8:46:47 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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Wow....reports of people being in line at 5AM this morning only to be turned away.

Totals announced at 4PM. Should be amazing.

Addison, 5, of Middletown, performs on stage with the cheerleaders and Lionettes during the Pep Rally on Saturday night.


23 posted on 02/17/2013 7:37:21 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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Live from the floor. Over 18,000 crammed in the Jordan Center:


24 posted on 02/17/2013 8:36:26 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa
Down to the final four hours. Crunch Time. All donations now go towards 2014. Time to start counting all the money and to get ready for Go Go Gadjet - Thon's adopted "house band":

Here's Gadjet from last year:

Go Go Gadjet - Levels Thon 2012

Cancer survivor/Thon kid extraordinaire Tucker Haas doing it right at Kids Variety Hour


25 posted on 02/17/2013 9:33:35 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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