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Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.
The Brothers of Phi Kappa Psi along with our partners, Alpha Omicron Pi, have worked tirelessly over the past two years as partners in our efforts to fundraise for Penn State THON. THON is a year-long fundraising effort to raise money and awareness for Childhood Pediatric Cancer and the Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital. This yearlong effort culminates in February with a 46 hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon. Our goal is to ensure that the families that are affected by cancer will never see a medical bill. For the past two years, we have been providing emotional and financial support to six wonderful THON families: the Bushman's, the Creager’s, the Karoly’s, the Van Aulen’s, the Mowatt’s, the Hochbergers, and the Kern’s.
Emily Bushman was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in May of 2019, less than a month after the end of her Junior Year at West Virginia University. She has gone through multiple chemotherapy treatments until December of 2019 when she finally got to ring the bell, signifying the end of her treatments
Sadie Creager was diagnosed with Wilms tumor when she was only 15 months old, but is now cancer-free! She is currently a freshman in high school with a love for softball.
Jackie Karoly was diagnosed with Wilms tumor at 3 years old, and after receiving chemotherapy sessions and surgeries, is now cancer-free! She now plays varsity field hockey for her high school.
Ethan Van Aulen, a survivor of over 9 years, unfortunately passed away 3 years ago. He loved basketball, Nerf guns, and snakes. We will forever cherish and remember the time we were able to spend with him.
Megan Mowatt celebrated her 5th year cancer-free this past April, and graduated with a degree this past December!
Ian Hochberger was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 2 years old, and received two surgeries, ten radiation treatments and years of chemotherapy. Ian is now cancer-free, graduated from Penn State in 2013, and just got married last fall!
Jen Kern was diagnosed with bone cancer as a child, and after beating the disease, went on to become a loving wife and wonderful mother to two children. She remains very involved in THON today, and her children are actively involved in their local miniTHON.
By supporting Phi Kappa Psi and our efforts in THON, you are directly supporting these families as well as over 4000 others at Four Diamonds! A donation of $60 provides an hour of child life coverage, $150 provides a day of treatment for leukemia, and $750 provides the funds for one research experiment at Penn State’s Children Hospital, in the pursuit of a cure.
Please consider donating by clicking the “Make A Donation” yellow bar above. 100% of proceeds will go to the Four Diamonds Children’s Hospital and assuring that one day, we will dance in celebration instead of dancing for a cure. For the Kids!