Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., stopped by the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday to cheer on the students participating in the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
“This is a great inspiration, not only for Pennsylvania but for people across the country,” Casey said.
He spoke just after 12:30 p.m., as the dancers were in their 18th hour of standing.
“I want to thank the students here at Penn State for doing Thon again,” Casey said.
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The families that benefit are grateful for the work students are doing with Thon, he said.
“God bless your work,” Casey said.
Thon is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy with a mission of helping children and families affected by childhood cancer. More than 16,500 students participate in the yearlong fundraising and awareness campaign that culminates in a 46-hour dance marathon, according to a press release from Thon.