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New documentary gives behind-the-scenes look at THON

8/27/2012 —

A new documentary, “Why We Dance: The Story of THON,” will air at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, on WPSU-TV. The production by Penn State Public Broadcasting will provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at Penn State’s annual Dance Marathon (THON), the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

The 60-minute program follows Penn State students through a year of preparations for THON and introduces viewers to THON families living with pediatric cancer. Filming for the documentary began in February 2011 and culminated with the 2012 Dance Marathon in February which raised more than $10 million.

Since its inception, THON has raised more than $88 million. It is organized by the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Council, raised more than $10 million in February and since its inception has raised more than $88 million to provide support for pediatric cancer patients through The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

On September 27, the documentary will air across Pennsylvania on the following public television stations:
- WVIA-TV in Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton at 8 p.m.
- WQED-TV in Pittsburgh at 8 p.m.
- WQLN-TV in Erie at 9 p.m.
- WITF-TV in Harrisburg at 9 p.m.

Viewers will also be able to watch the documentary at the same day and time at http://wpsu.org/ where a trailer is currently posted. Viewing will also be available on Vimeo and YouTube.

For more information about the documentary, please contact Jeff Hughes, producer/director at WPSU-TV at jah10@psu.edu or Hilary Appelman, Penn State Outreach, at happelman@psu.edu or 814-865-7600.


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