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Schreyer Student Council participates in THON to help find a cure for pediatric cancer and to honor our THON families, the Millers and the Sylveses. Tyler Miller was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on December 30, 2011, when he was ten years old. Remembering the day that Tyler was diagnosed with cancer, Jana, Tyler’s mother, writes, “There is nothing in this world that can prepare a parent to hear those words. Your child has cancer...how do you explain this to your child when you cannot even comprehend the words yourself...this doesn’t happen to children.. why....how.....what now...my mind was racing but not fully comprehending anything either.” Tyler battled cancer for three years with courage and positivity. Although Tyler was in immeasurable pain everyday, he utilized the resources that the Four Diamonds Fund provided him such as music therapy to give himself hope.
As a THON organization, we love attending the annual Miller Halloween party and THON with the Millers each year! During the winter of 2018, Schreyer Student Council members attended Tyler’s mini-THON at his high school, where we saw Tyler give back to the Four Diamonds Fund. He has always amazed us with his desire to help children who have endured similar hardships. Tyler graduated from high school, and he is currently in Trade School to become a welder. We recently invited the Millers to Schreyer’s tailgate for one of Penn State’s football games, and we attended their annual Halloween party this fall as well! We have been blessed to be paired with the Millers because they have shown us the true meaning of family and friendship.
Schreyer Student Council was recently paired with the Sylves family for THON 2019. Jack Sylves was diagnosed with Ph+ Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in July 2018, and he has continued to stay strong throughout his fight. Jack is four years old, and his older sister, Marlowe is six years old. Jack loves tractors and the outdoors, while Marlowe loves art and reading. We had the opportunity to spend time with the Sylves family at the creamery during May of last year. We had so much fun eating ice cream and playing tag for hours! We are so excited to strengthen our bond with the Sylves family, and we cannot wait for THON 2020!
Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our Organization, Schreyer Honors College Student Council, 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.