Capturing the story of Penn State's THON


Uploaded by pennstateoutreach on 26.09.2012

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Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
< saved their son’s life… and that is why they want people in every town…everywhere…to
watch the documentary… “Why We Dance: the story of THON.”>>
Anne & Shayne Beecher son diagnosed with pediatric cancer
< single school in America without a student with cancer… one is too many… we need
to redirect some of the focus and find a cure… imagine what the country can do if we all
pull together.>>
Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
< The Penn State Dance Marathon… better known as THON… has raised more than $88 million
since 1977 to help fight pediatric cancer.>>
Dr. Barbara Miller Chief division of pediatric hematology and
oncology < goes to is research and the reason why research is so important is because 20 percent of kids
with pediatric cancer may still succumb to their disease.>>
Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
< Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There… thousands of families are helped financially…
and emotionally during their fight against pediatric cancer…
Now thanks to this documentary from Penn State Public Broadcasting, viewers can see some
of the magic that goes on behind-the-scenes.
The hour-long film introduces viewers to families supported by thon and follows Penn State THON
students during their year-long effort to raise money for the fund.
Dozens of THON families… many profiled in the film… were able to watch a sneak peak
recently at the Hershey theatre.>>
Anne & Shayne Beecher son diagnosed with pediatric cancer
< have heard about THON but, I don’t think people realize the true impact that these
students have and have had on our lives and thousands more.>>
Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
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Laura Trimble daughter diagnosed with cancer
< tonight.>>
Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
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< about Ella… it wasn’t just about us, it was about the whole family and getting them
involved with thon.>>
Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
< able to share a joke with dancers during that year’s event.>>
Ella Trimble cancer survivor
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Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
< closest to their daughter… Felicia.>>
Deanna & Kevin Rupp lost daughter to cancer
< morning. She just couldn’t wait for thon. when she passed away in 1998 we didn’t’
go back to thon for two years… it was too hard but we have younger children and we wanted
them to experience what thon was and so we went back and kept going back ever since.>>
Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
< the efforts of thon are now more important than ever before because federal dollars for
childhood cancer research are being cut. >> Ashley Fazekas
Cancer survivor to have fun and you get to raise money for kids with cancer. I feel happy that I’m
cured.>>
Erin Calandra Penn State Outreach Reporter
< For Penn State Outreach I’m Erin Calandra>>