Penn State students help raise more than $10 million to fight pediatric cancer

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Students at Penn State stood on their feet for nearly 48-hours, all in the name of fighting pediatric cancer.

What you see when you walk into the Bryce Jordan Center is indescribable.  There’s a lot going on throughout the arena; from dancing to blowing bubbles and even water gun fights.

“It’s really inspirational because a lot of kids really wouldn’t see this, or a lot of kids that I go to school with don’t see this but I get to see it and its really amazing.”

Hundreds of students take on the 46-hour challenge of no sitting, just standing and dancing. 

Sophomore Brittney Merrigan takes up the challenge with her team with one thing on her mind, “I’m doing this for Becca and for children like her who have had to battle pediatric cancer. This is just a little glimpse of what it’s like. When our feet are sore and our eyes are tired, it’s nothing compared to what these children and families have had to endure.”

And, the motivation to do it all?

“FTK plays for the kids and for the Tuckeys.”

13-year-old Becca Tuckey.

“It’s just people and kids like her that teach me to be strong and she looked at Cancer in the face and beat it twice. So she’s amazing.”

Bon raises money for families who are battling pediatric cancer.

“She’s a two-time Cancer survivor and we are super proud of her. She is a rock star, has overcome so much and THON and this environment is amazing for our family and so many other families.”

She says this is what they need during their lowest moments. It allows kids to be kids, laugh and have fun.

“That support system there, when all we wanted to do, or could do was fall they were just there to lift us back up.”

This year’s event raised more than $10.6 million.

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