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Each year, 16,500 Penn State students unite under the common goal of defeating childhood cancer and inspiring hope in those who we join in the battle. Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately known as "THON", is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised over 157 million dollars for childhood cancer treatment and research at Penn State Children’s Hospital. THON is a yearlong effort that culminates in a 46 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon each Feburary. The funds raised by organizations such as Springfield ensure that no family at Penn State Children’s Hospital will see a bill related to their child’s treatment and additionally finances critical research in pursuit of a cure.
Springfield benefiting THON is an organization of 100 dedicated Penn State students committed to bringing an end to pediatric cancer. Springfield takes on a personal role in this fight as we support our four families through their pediatric cancer journeys: the Colons, the Robertsons, the Schopfs, and the Silbaughs. One of the unique parts about Springfield is the personal connection we have with our adopted Four Diamonds Families--each of their journeys has been different and each stand at a different stage of their journey, but Springfield maintains an incredible relationship with each of them. We do more than provide financial support; we make memories and connections with them that last a lifetime. Our families continually inspire us with their courage and strength, and they fuel our passion in the fight for a future where cancer does not exist. The Colons, the Robertsons, the Schopfs and the Silbaughs are an integral part of our Springfield family, and we fight as hard as we can for them.
Pictured above: Ice Hockey with Taiven, Tea Party with the Silbaughs, SaikouCon with Kenzie and Soccer with the Colons!
Every gift to THON provides hope in the fight for each of our families and every family faced with this challenge. No amount is too small--every amount truly makes a difference. All funds raised by Springfield directly support families impacted by childhood cancer and the important research conducted at Penn State Children's Hospital in pursuit of a cure. Here are a few ways your contribution could help a child fighting pediatric cancer:
Our goal is to give every child the chance to grow up and pursue their dreams, to bring more smiles and laughs, and to fight for the day families no longer have to fear the words "Your child has cancer". Our relationships with our families have given us a firsthand view of the incredible and irreplacable impact that THON makes through both financial and emotional support. We hope that you will join Springfield in our mission so that one day we can all dance in celebration of a cure!