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THON dancers reach 24-hour mark

By: Lauren Hensley

UNIVERSITY PARK,Pa.-- It is day two of THON weekend. Since THON started 42 years ago, thousands of Penn State students have worked together to raise more than $101 million. All of that money is going to the Four Diamonds Fund in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Thousands of tapping feet were still shuffling all throughout the Bryce Jordan Center Saturday evening.  Dancers just hit the 24-hour mark of nonstop dancing. So how are dancers feeling after all of the action?

My feet are little sore but other than that, it is going, but we are doing it for the kids so you just got to ignore that. Right now I am excited, it is tougher throughout the night when there are less people here and less energy, Rachel Kirzmanich, a Penn State senior, said.

So what does it take for a dancer to have the stamina to complete a 46-hour dance marathon?  All dancers are encouraged in the months prior to THON to cut caffeine, workout and forgo all unhealthy habits.

 I am actually feeling really great, but it has to do with who I am talking to, and there are ups and downs, David Furganic, a proud Penn Stat alumnus, said.  Furganic and his dance partner, Stacy Cavagnaro, raised money for an alumni group The two collected close to $7,000 for THON, which put them in the top fundraising tier for alumni.

It has been so far, so good, it has not been as hard as I thought it was going to be, yet, Cavagnaro, said.

With 22 hours left to go, dancers are staying hydrated, eating and stretching out. But when the Four Diamonds Children take the floor, the dancers are reminded that they dance that it is simply just for the kids.

 
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