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Dance marathon raises more than $13 million for pediatric cancer

Feb. 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Penn State's 42 annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon raised more than $13 million for pediatric cancer, officials said.

The event came to a close Sunday after 46 hours of dancing at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, the Centre Daily Times in State College reported.

Organizers said $13,343,517.33 was raised to help fight pediatric cancer, surpassing the $12.4 million raised last year and the $10.69 million in 2012.

"The effort of our volunteers increases every single year," Executive Director Ryan Patrick said. "People are becoming more dedicated toward Thon, and that's why we're seeing such an increase in fundraising."

All proceeds will go to the Four Diamonds Fund, where it will be used to pay medical costs insurance companies don't cover and increasing medical service quality and cancer research, Four Diamonds Fund Director Suzanne Graney said.

"We have to continue doing what we do until we have a 100 percent cure rate and the number of patients we lose to childhood cancer is zero," Graney said.

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