Monday, February 20, 2012

$10,686,924.83!! For The Kids!

Just in case you are unfamiliar with Penn State's annual 46-hour event:

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. More than 15,000 students at Penn State are committed to making a difference in the lives of children and families battling pediatric cancer.

Over the past 34 years, THON has donated more than $78 million to The Four Diamonds Fund and has helped more than 2,000 families battling pediatric cancer. Student volunteers work year-round to raise the awareness and funds necessary to conquer pediatric cancer. -

My dear friend John F. McClellan and I spent the last four days covering Penn State events, including THON, and decided to incorporate a little bit of science birthed from the brainy power couple, Carnegie Mellon University and NASA. The kid's name? Gigapan.

Can you guess how large this file is? Don't even bother:

Over 2GB.

If you were there, find yourself and your friends in this lovely Gigapan created by Mr. McClellan and Yours Truly during THON's Family Hour on Sunday (2.19.11) and pass it on!

Great job, Penn State!

P.S. - You can see a larger version of our photo on Gigapan's website: THON at

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