Tangle me some 2014 THON, baby!

“In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.”~Sid Caesar, American comedian

Good thoughts, especially regarding THON.

Penn State University’s annual Dance Marathon (“THON“) happens this weekend. Students stand on their feet for 46 hours–yes, 2 days straight–and do not sleep during that time to raise money for pediatric cancer. In 2013, the students–yes, students only–raised $12.37 million dollars. In 2013.

I have been active in THON since I first danced as an undergrad in 1991. Opportunities for alumni to participate have grown during the past 10 years, so I’ve had the opportunity to tour the operations backstage, visit with current dancers and even dance again for 46 hours, which I successfully accomplished in 2010. Not my last time dancing, mind you.

For some kids, though, that was their last THON.

The Four Diamonds Fund is the recipient of the funds, and 96% of the total money raised goes directly to help fund research and pay for families’ expenses so they can concentrate on helping their child get well.

I made a second black tile for this week’s Zentangle Challenge. This one I did in silver, to represent the rays of hope we all have for a cure of cancer. I left the four inner diamonds open to show that we are not there…yet.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 1 Art Lady Kate Tangles
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 18:06:12

    Nice tribute, and fun on the black tile.


  2. Annemarie
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 02:37:57

    A beautiful tile with a great tribute in it.


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