Penn State dance marathon to phase out fundraising effort

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State’s annual charity dance marathon is phasing out a controversial fundraising effort after two students died in recent years.

Officials with Thon released a letter Thursday saying “canning” will be phased out entirely in 2019. Until then, some changes will be enacted.

Only two weekends will be set aside for the popular fundraising effort, in which students ask motorists around the region to drop donations into large cans.

There will also be new training and registration requirements.

The changes come after a 19-year-old sophomore died in a one-car crash in September that injured six other students. Another student died in December 2011 while traveling for a canning weekend.

The 46-hour event billed as the largest student-run philanthropy raised more than $9.7 million for pediatric cancer care this year.

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