ELONTHON stands up to cancer

ELONTHON is a student organized philanthropy at Elon University committed to raising money and awareness for Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center, culminating in an annual 24-hour dance marathon.

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  1. Beginning at 6 p.m. April 12, Elon University students lined the halls of the Koury Center. They arrived in brightly colored shirts, sneakers, face paint and good spirits. They carried backpacks, water bottles, towels, blankets, snacks and cellphones. They came ready to dance and play games for six, 12, 18 or 24 hours. They were there to stand up to cancer.
  2. Students stood in solidarity in Alumni Gym to show support for cancer victims and survivors. Throughout the day, dancers were visited by guest speakers who were there to motivate and empower those attending.
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  4. Tessa and her mom killing it as they share her POTS journey. Such an inspiration! #elonthon instagram.com/p/YC-CiWM00a/
    Tessa and her mom killing it as they share her POTS journey. Such an inspiration! #elonthon  http://instagram.com/p/YC-CiWM00a/ M00a/
  5. While ELONTHON is a student organization, it attracts members of the Elon community from all social circles and official groups. Members of the Elon University Men's Basketball team, Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and Elon Local News were among the many organizations who attended together.
  6. In addition to attending in unison, many organizations offered support in unique ways, often by providing entertainment at this year's marathon.
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  9. For some students, ELONTHON has a personal significance. Students often dance in honor of family and friends who battled cancer. Others try to make connections by choosing a victim to dedicate their dancing to.
  10. Sponsorship is a major part of ELONTHON's success. Students are encouraged to have family and friends donate on their behalf, and all visitors are urged to make a donation.
  11. This year, fundraising was an incredible success, according to senior Allie Weller, executive director. All money raised will be given to Duke Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. 
  12. While 24 hours is a long time, many students said the time flies by. 
    "It's a lot of time standing, it's almost unbearable," said junior Dana Hedman. "But it's worth it."
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