This year’s THON, led by Regina Duesler, a Penn State student from Huntingdon Valley, managed to raise an amazing $11.7 million for children’s cancer research and support, writes Susan Snyder for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
With this latest contribution that brings the overall fundraising total since 1973 to $179.7 million, THON has cemented its place as the world’s largest student-run philanthropy.
Meanwhile for Duesler, who is majoring in accounting and finance, running the Penn State’s 46-hour dance marathon has been a dream come true.
“It’s probably the most impactful thing I have done in my life and I will do in the foreseeable future,” she said.
As an executive director of THON, Duesler oversees the 16-member committee that is in charge of leading 16,500 student volunteers.
She is also the main point person for dealing with both the university and Four Diamond, the charity that benefits from THON.
This year, THON also set a new record, beating last year’s already impressive $10.6 million by over a million dollars.
“We’ve prepared all year for this,” said Duesler.
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