>>>rob vaughn: penn state berks hosted its second "inspire the night" event... the celebration is modeled after penn state's thon, and this year it raised nearly 19 thousand dollars to fight pediatric cancer.
Wfmz's tom rader spoke to one organizer who has a special connection to the effort.
>>reporter: penn state students returned to the doubletree hotel in downtown reading for the second edition of the "inspire the night" event, centered around the experience of the pediatric cancer fighting benefit known as thon, a 46 hour dance party held every year in state college.
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Executive director psu berks thon "we have silent auctions.
Live auctions that will also raise some of the money."
"tonight we do have a photographer that's going to be walking around family speakers which are actually thon families as well as a photo both.'
>>reporter: former organizer and now penn state berks alumna brenna lauer heads to state college for thon with her friends to show support.
>>brenna lauer/ psu berks '15 "we pretty much try to do any events we can help out with thon i've been to the big thon weekend getaway dance marathon i've been there twice since i've graduated."
>>tom rader: "one penn state student who sits on the thon board says this event means even more to him having been a thon kid himself."
>>tyler lehman/ family relations psu berks "it's super overwhelming being a part of this board cuz what thon does for you as a kid diagnosed with cancer is unbelievable."
>>reporter: tyler lehman, currently a psu berks senior studying criminal justice, was diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma in 2015.
He hadn't heard of thon until the organization reached out to his family.
>>tyler lehman "it turned our whole world upside down but with thon they pretty much acted like everything was going to be alright it was great and it was fantastic from what they did for us."
>>reporter: thon's mission of helping families with children fighting cancer is something that stays with students even after they graduate... >>brenna lauer "just the impact that we had with the kids and seeing how much we can help them it's just something you don't >>>wendy davis: