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Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.
Axis is a special-interest organization at Penn State, meaning our organization was founded with the sole purpose of fundraising for THON. Axis was created in 2011 to "set the standard" of hard work and persistence in the fight against childhood cancer. Above everything, we put an emphasis on remembering why we participate in THON and the families it benefits. We aim to set goals that will truly stretch our limitations and surpass others' expectations, so that one day we can dance in celebration of a cure!
Axis is very lucky to be paired with the Calvanelli family, who we support year-round! Our Four Diamonds child, Ayrton, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at only 2 years old. We are beyond happy to be able to say that he is in remission, but it's important to note that Ayrton and his family continue to face more adversity than most of us will in our lifetime. Now at 10 years old, Ayrton loves baseball, hockey, and golf! His younger brother, Declan, is 5 years old and is involved in karate and baseball, and is going to start playing lacrosse this year! Our "THON Mom", Nicole, organizes her local Democrats organization and practices minimalism! We constantly look forward to visiting them throughout the year and love being paired with such an incredible family!