STATE COLLEGE – February 19, 2012 (WPVI) — Officials say the annual Penn State dance marathon has raised a record $10.68 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients, an event held for the first time without late coach Joe Paterno.

The record setting effort sent the Bryce Jordan Center into a frenzy.

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  “I’m honestly overwhelmed and I can’t stop crying and I’m so excited and I can’t believe this just happened,” student Courtney Bentz said.

“We showed everyone this is the real Penn State and this is what Penn State is about; it’s about these kids and it’s about raising money so one day, no kid has to hear they have cancer,” Megan McFadden of Northeast Philadelphia said.

The total shattered last year’s record $9.5 million for the 46-hour event. It was announced Sunday afternoon to more than 700 dancers who began to tango and twist on Friday night to raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.



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