Society of Women Engineers

Join us on February 21, 2020


Make a difference in the life of a child.

THON is the world's largest entirely student-run philanthropy and raises money for the Four Diamonds fund. The Four diamonds is a non-profit organization that provides full financial support for children and families affected by childhood cancer and provides funds for critical cancer research. To date, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has raised over $280,000 since its 2005 establishment. Every SWEster involved with THON is incredibly dedicated to our mission that one day we will dance in celebration. Until that happens, we will dance for the cure.

Part of what makes THON so special is the opportunity for organizations to pair with and support Four Diamonds families. Our two families have inspired us to be better in every way imaginable and to continue dancing in support of every child who hopes for a cure. 

Meet SWE's families

The Sullivan Family: 

The Sullivan Family has been paired with SWE for 7 years now! They have become a part of our family and we get so excited to see them every time we are given the opportunity. Jhonen was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 3 years old and today he is 10 and is soon to be 4 years cancer free!! We could not be more proud of the little man he isbecoming. We have grown close with not only Jhonen, but also is mother, Jen, older brother, Zach, and younger brother, Trenton. We cannot wait for another exciting year with our energetic boys and seeing them continue to grow. Jhonen is pictured below along with a picture from SWE's fall visit.

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The Plummer Family:

The Plummer family has only been paired with SWE a little over a year, but we already feel as though they are part of our family. Sela Plummer is 18 years old and just graduated high school. She is now attending Penn State Altoona for Architectural Engineering. Sela has Von Hipple Lindeau which causes tumors on her central nervous system. She is fun loving and incredibly artisitic. We love getting to see her whenever we have the chance. We have also gotten to know her mother, Kim, her younger brother, Max, and her father, Todd. SWE loves the whole family and cannot wait to continue to grow our relationship with them. Sela is pictured below next to some of her art work and her family attending SWE's annual banquet.


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Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our Organization, Society of Women Engineers, is taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers to raise funds and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer. Since 1977, THONTM has raised over $168 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital. Throughout our partnership, we have ensured that over 4,000 families have not seen a single medical bill. In addition, the local research that is being done is making a global impact so that one day, we will find a cure. Each February, THON's yearlong efforts and support for the families culminate in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon.

By supporting THON, you will be joining a community committed to conquering childhood cancer.

Society of Women Engineers is a Penn State organization that participates in THON, in addition to our organization's primary purpose. Throughout the year, Organizations contribute to the efforts of thousands of Penn State students across all campuses by facilitating fundraisers, as well as providing emotional support to Four Diamonds Families.