Rachel Blackburn

Alpha Phi Omega

Support Me

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

Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THON. This year, I am taking action by uniting with 16,500 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 our survivors, remember those we’ve lost, and take a stand--all in hopes of one day dancing in celebration of a cure.

Throughout the year, I will be fundraising with my organization, Alpha Phi Omega, to benefit THON in an effort to provide outstanding financial and emotional support and spread THON’s mission world-wide. It is my hope that one day, every child will have the opportunity to live out their dreams. 

Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service fraternity that I have been working with since I was a freshman. APO works with the Rowan family, making sure they all feel loved and supported not just during THON, but throughout the whole year. 

Cancer is something that I have dealt with personally in my own family. It is a terrible thing that effects everyone involved in different ways. Seeing Penn State students be with Four Diamonds families, just as APO is with the Rowans, is a wonderful and comforting experience. 

Since 1977, THON has raised over $157 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital, providing comprehensive care for 4,000 families and fund critical research to take our fight beyond central Pennsylvania and spread hope around the world. We work year-round to provide both financial and emotional support for our families, ensuring that they never have to face cancer alone. 

I truly appreciate any support you provide, either by making a donation or by sharing my page on social media to spread THON’s mission.