CB's Rookies

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CB'S ROOKIES FTK

CB's Rookies is a student-run service organization at Penn State University. Our mission is to connect students with disabilities to our community at Penn State. Our members visit local schools once a month and work with special education classes by creating fun and engaging activities for the students that foster academic and personal growth. Following these visits, the students and their families are invited to join us on our campus for a sporting event once each season. By doing so, we hope to allow all participating members the opportunity to become a greater part of our community. As of last year, CB's Rookies became a THON affiliated organization and now we work year long to fundraise FTK! 

The Story Behind the Name...

Christopher Boyle, “CB,” who was born with global apraxia is the inspiration behind this organization. Chris has a tireless devotion to education as well as a passion for athletics that has motivated teachers and students alike to open up opportunities for him to become part of many sports programs in his community. It is that same sense of community that was the driving force behind why his sister, Braeden Boyle, decided to create this program here at Penn State.​

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a difference in the life of a child.

Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our Organization, CB's Rookies, 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.

 

 

 

 

Where Does the Money Go?

All of the money raised goes directly towards impacting the lives of children and families battling childhood cancer. The money provides medical coverage for each patient (chemotherapy, spinal taps, bone marrow transplants, blood tests, etc.), financial support (medications, gas cards, cafeteria cards, etc.), and medical team support (oncologists, child life specialists, etc.). A complete list of positions funded solely by Four Diamonds funds can be found on their website but some include: Music Therapists, Clinical Research Specialists, Social Workers, Clinical Dieticians, and Pastoral Services.

About 70% of the funds go towards innovative research. Because of this, in the 1960s, a child diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (or ALL) had a 5-year survival rate of less than 10%; however, today the survival rate is close to 90%!

 


CB's Rookies 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.
 

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