By Michelle Durham and Oren Liebermann

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) — This is a big fundraising weekend for Penn State students.  You may have seen them out with collection cans, raising money for pediatric cancer.   And starting at 6pm tonight, they’ll be dancing their hearts out for the cause.

“We are dancing for 46 hours in an effort to conquer pediatric cancer,” says Penn State student Kirsten Quisenberry, the public relations chairperson for the event. “Thon is a yearlong fundraising and awareness campaign, and it culminates each February in a no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon,” she explains.

And Quisenberry says this is not the time for coffee!

“No, we encourage everyone not to drink caffeine or have too much sugar, because it will make you crash,” she tells KYW Newsradio.  “And 46 hours is definitely a long time. So we encourage people to stay hydrated, drink Gatorade, eat a lot.  We make sure the dancers are fed, and there is always something going on.”

And it’s not too late for you to donate to the cause — just go to


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