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Join us on February 17, 2023


Make a difference in the life of a child.

Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our organization, Atlas, has helped raise over $200 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Health 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.

Our organization, Atlas, is a special interest organization at Penn State, which means we spend the entire year focused on THON. Atlas was founded in September 2005 on the "Atlas" floor of Atherton Hall. The founding members, which included, Matt Sterling and some friends on his floor, wanted to be able to get involved with the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), without having to be a member of a club sport or the Greek System.  In its inaugural year, Atlas was paired with the Victoria Smith family and raised a little over $26,000. We have only grown from there! The following year, we more than tripled our fundraising total and became the top independent organization.

In 2010, Atlas was lucky to be paired with the Claire Brobson family. That same year, THON 2011, Atlas was the highest-raising organization overall at THON. Just a few days before THON weekend 2012, Atlas was again lucky to be paired with the Amarie Gerena family. In 2015, the Brobsons decided that they wanted to see Atlas be paired with another family, officially un-pairing with Atlas to become a legacy family. Atlas' relationship with our families did not change, but it gave us the opportunity to apply for a new family. Atlas was paired with our fourth family, the Samir Johnson family before THON 2015. Atlas continues to watch our THON kids grow to be strong and healthy! In 2018, We were lucky enough to be paired with our fifth family, the Anthony Garcia-Ramos family! To read more about our families stories, click this link to our website:

This past year at THON 2022, Atlas was the number one special interest organization raising $130,312.73 which contributed to a recording breaking $13,756,374.50 for THON 2022. Now with the beginning of the THON 2023 fundraising period underway, we are so excited to begin fundraising again for this amazing organization and more specifically our families.

Atlas is a Penn State Campus that participates in THON, in addition to our primary purpose. Throughout the year, Special Interest Organizations contribute to the efforts of thousands of Penn State students by facilitating fundraisers, as well as providing emotional support to Four Diamonds Families.