Let that sink in for a minute.
Students at one of the finest universities in the country managed to collect $10,686,924.83 in support of children battling cancer. We’re talking about young adults, with more going on in their lives I can think about without making my head hurt.
As if that isn’t impressive enough, the Penn State students who participated weren’t exactly given the best scenario for collecting donations. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Penn State brand was unfairly tainted. People across the country were questioning exactly what Penn State was about.
Sunday afternoon, the message was sent loud and clear. THON is who We Are.
Several Penn Staters took the stage for brief speeches, including Bill O’Brien who was blown away and led the crowd in a “We Are Penn State” chant.
Jay Paterno made an appearance on stage and told the students
“If you live to be 100 years old, what you’ve done here for the past two days, weeks, months, all this time you’ve put into this, what you’ve done here will echo in eternity. You represent the best of our alma mater.”
The students, who are part of the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the country, pounded pavement this year, collecting donations from across the country, motivated like never before. It’s not like the $9.5 million raised last year wasn’t impactful, but this year there was a new drive. The students know what people were saying. They know what the media said about them following the “riots” in November. They knew that Penn State is not those things and seemingly used this as a platform to remind the world of exactly what Penn State is.
Oh, and they raised $10, 686,924.83 to help battle children’s cancer.
Back in November there was a quote that I wish I could appropriately credit…someone wrote “I saw a girl crying tonight. When I asked her why, she said, ‘Because everybody lost.’”
This weekend, everybody won.
Special shout out to some of the dancers who helped make this weekend possible:
And a special thanks to @KhloeKardashian, whose efforts on twitter helped to spread the word nation-wide.
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