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Every school day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. As aspiring educators, we THON so that our future students can focus on playing and having fun, not cancer. We THON so our students can grow up to be doctors, engineers, or maybe even teachers like us. Growing up is a beautiful thing, and we are here to fight for it.
Our organization, SPSEA (Student Pennsylvania State Education Association), is taking action by uniting with 16,500 other student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni supporters in the fight against childhood cancer. Our year-long efforts culminate in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon each February to celebrate the survivors, remember the angels, and encourage the fighters.
SPSEA is paired with two loving families, the Smiths and the Guzmans. Morgan Smith is an energetic 7 year old who loves playing outside or going to Hersheypark with her little brothers, Weston and Brantley and little sister, Juliana. When she was just 2 months old, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma which spread to cause a tumor in her stomach. Thanks to the support of her loving parents and treatment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Morgan now has no evidence of disease. Morgan will be starting second grade this year and says she wants to be a cheerleader when she grows up.
Carmen Guzman is a sophomore this year at Penn State in the College of Nursing at the York campus. When Carmen was 6, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After years of treatment and check ups at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Carmen was officially deemed cancer free in 2017. Carmen was actively involved with mini-THON in high school. We have been paired with the Guzmans for 14 years!
By supporting THON, you will be joining a community committed to conquering childhood cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised over $190 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children's Hospital. THON has ensured that over 4,000 families have not seen a single medical bill.
With help from donors like you, THON has ensured that over 4,000 families have had their medical expenses completely covered. Funds raised provide treatment and support to children and families battling pediatric cancer and fund critical research to spread hope around the world. Thank you for helping us fight for the future; for joining our fight in pursuit of a cure.