Penn State battles mumps on eve of THON

Penn State battles mumps on eve of THON

According to Penn State's University Health Services, there have been three confirmed cases on the campus as of Wednesday, and as a result, the school is warning participants, who typically include many sick children, to "use judgment" when deciding whether to participate.

"University Health Services is recommending that anyone showing symptoms of mumps not attend THON activities this weekend (Feb. 17 to 19)", the release stated.

This year, THON is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its partnership with Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital. The 46 hour event is considered to be the world's largest student-run philanthropic event.

Thon hopes that message is clear in a statement issued two days before the beginning of the 46-hour dance marathon.

"Over the seven-year history of this event, our chapter has been fortunate to work with an outstanding partner organization like the Reading Royals Hockey Club, the Berks benefiting THON student club at Penn State Berks, and our committee of dedicated volunteers who put in significant time to coordinate this event", said Mike Rowley, the PSAA president.

Local Penn State students are on the way to this year's THON dance marathon in State College.

In 2016, the grand total raised by THON was $9,770,332,32.

With the aim to raise awareness, support and push a movement and belief that one day pediatric cancer patients can be cured, Penn State students will gather for this cause. In total, since 1977, THON has raised over $136 million for the Four Diamonds Fund. Penn State Berks has reportedly raised over $55,000 which beats their previous $51,000 fund, as reported by Penn State.