THON Catches On!

I just received a message via Facebook from a student at Tulane. They are starting their first dance marathon (for Children’s Hospital) this weekend! Go Green Wave!

I happened upon your facebook profile and saw all of the posts about Penn State’s Dance Marathon, so despite not knowing you personally, I thought you may be excited to hear that Tulane is having it’s first Dance Marathon next weekend! It’s been a very long, tedious process, but we’re hoping that the strings get all pulled together by next week! Even if we only have a handful of dancers, we’ve already raised close to $10,000 for the families at Children’s Hospital, and there’s a whole bunch of kids from the hospital who can’t wait for the event. It’s not very exciting, but feel free to check out our website (!

It turns out that there is a very direct link. Jenny Smith, a junior at Tulane, grew up in Hershey where her brother was diagnosed with leukemia, but who is now cured and a sophomore at PSU, was helped through THON. The story can be found at The NewWave.

Jenny Smith, a Tulane University junior in theater and French, has been attending and working dance marathons since she was 4 years old, when her brother, Cory, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3. Cory was treated at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, where he received help through the Penn State Dance Marathon. Now a sophomore at Penn State University, Cory is cured of leukemia.

There is certainly room for more giving to such wonderful causes! We wish you all the best TU Thon!

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