Join us on February 21, 2020


Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.

Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our Organization, Pillar , is taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni supporters 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.


Pillar was founded in 2008 in the dorm room of Tener Hall, when 8 students came together to make a difference and join the fight with over 15,000 Penn State Students to eradicate Childhood Cancer. Pillar was created on the idea of giving our families the love and support they need to get through a very difficult time, being a "Pillar" of support for them. Pillar is a Special Interest Organization whose sole purpose is to fundraise for the Four Diamonds Fund. We hold many different fundraisers throughout the year including: break canvassing, ribbon sale, bake sales, and more! Pillar has been so lucky to be paired with two amazing Four Diamonds families, the Payne Family and the Maher Family.

The Ryan Payne Family

Around five years ago Pillar had the pleasure to be paired with the wonderful Payne family. In this family of three, Ryan, the youngest, who is 17, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on January 16th, 2014. He has an older brother, Richard Jr., and their father is Richard. Ryan is such a great kid who loves sports, rick and morty, and hanging out with his family! Ryan has been Cancer Free since May 2017!!! Pillar loves to visit the Paynes and BBQ with them, watch sports, and make great memories with the whole family!

The Lexi Maher Family

Pillar was officailly paired with the amazing Maher Family in October 2016. Lexi lights up any space that she is in. She is a energetic 11 year old that loves to dance, play tag, and loves to play with her siblings! In her family of 6, Lexi has an older sister Kendra,  a younger brother Acien who is 7 years old and baby sister Nadia who is 2. Their mother Clorisa and step-father Christian are amazing, loving parents and would do anything for their kids. Lexi was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer called Germinoma in March 2016. And in September of 2016 Lexi was diagnosed Cancer Free! Pillar loves to visit the Mahers, go to  Skyzone, cheer them on in their sporting events, and our favorite event Trick or Treating with them on Halloween!

We are looking foward to a year full of fundraising and seeing our dancers represent us in THON 2020!

Check out our website for more information about our org and families: https://sites.psu.edu/pillar/

Pillar is a Special Interest Organization at Penn State whose sole purpose is to support THON and our Four Diamonds Families. Throughout the year, Special Interest Organizations contribute to the efforts of thousands of Penn State students by facilitating fundraisers and providing emotional support to our families.