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Local PSU Students Prepare to Dance in THON Weekend

Dozens of local students from Penn State University's branch campuses are taking part in the annual THON weekend in University Park.
A number of local students are dancing the weekend away.

Hundreds of students from Penn State University will spend more than 40 hours dancing this weekend in University Park for the annual THON weekend.

The event, which has been taking place since 1977, has already raised more than $100 million to help sick children.

A number of students from area PSU branch campuses will be taking part.

That includes the Penn State Worthington/Scranton campus in Dunmore.

Several students made the treck to central Pennsylvania Friday to take part in the event.

"I was really excited last night," junior Mollie Lyons said. "I could hardly sleep. It was like, I just want to get there now."

For the last year, the students have been raising money and will be bringing more than $9,000 with them.

They held fundraisers, a Zumba event and they did lots of "canning" which is basically asking people for donations.

"I was really nervous at first going around but everyone wanted to help for the cause. It just made me happy that I was able to come in with a bucket of money," Penn State junior Carli Gruzesky said.

The excitement for THON isn't just in the Bryce Jordan Center, it extends here to Dunmore and all the other branch campuses.

"It's so hard. Your feet are sore, your back is sore but you look at that kid standing next to you and it just motivates you to do better, go harder, dance, keep dancing on," Penn State senior Megan Murrin said.

For many, their reason for dancing is personal.

"One of my friends was actually a Four Diamonds child and when I was dancing last year it was pretty much me doing this for her," Penn State senior Jennifer Smith said.

Just before leaving for University Park Friday morning, the group posed for pictures and showed off the Penn State pride they planned to pack for their trip and their long weekend.

"We all have a great time here doing the fundraisers that we do here so when we go down there, we should be able to show our Worthington pride down there," Gruzesky said.

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