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Make a Difference in the Life of a Child.
Join us in our commitment to help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our organization, Impact, 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 $180 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.
Impact is a Special Interest Organization at Penn State whose sole purpose is to support THON and our Four Diamonds Families. Impact was founded in 2009 on the second floor of Beaver Hall, growing from 5 determined members to the small independent organization we are today! Throughout the year, Impact contributes to the efforts of thousands of Penn State Students by facilitating fundraisers and Most importantly, we seek to provide emotional support for THON families and we do so through a partnership with the wonderful Jeremy Hawk Family.
Jeremy Hawk is a 19 year old fearless jokester with a posterior fossa brain tumor, a grade-1 pilocytic astrocytoma originating in the brain stem. Jeremy has a bubbly sister Erin, and superhero-parents Lynn and Jim. Being partnered with The Jeremy Hawk Family has changed the lives of all Impact members, old and new alike, that have been blessed to meet and spend time with them. This year, we get to see Jeremy start on a new journey as he enters his freshman year of college!
Being a part of this family's journey as Jeremy fights pediatric cancer is an incredible experience for Impact. Their strength, optimism, and unity as a family has been truly inspiring to Impact members lucky enough to witness their triumphs thus far. The Hawk Family is the epitome of The Four Diamonds: Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, and perhaps most of all, Strength. Our passion as an organization is not only to fundraise to help fight pediatric cancer, but also to relieve some of the stress and anxiety brought on by a cancer diagnosis. At the end of the day, while Impact takes pride in every dollar raised For The Cure, it means more to be able to put a smile on Jeremy's face, and to truly be a part of The Hawk Family.
Please consider donating to make a difference in a child’s life and help make sure no parent ever has to hear the words “your child has cancer” ever again. Any amount counts!