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 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. 

When I was only nine years old, I lost my mother to a rare stage VI brain cancer called Glioblastoma Multiforme. This type of cancer infected the central core of her brain, which made it impossible for surgeons to remove and ultimately terminal. 

Because of the impact cancer has had in my own life, I want to help not only children, but everyone fight back cancer so no one has to lose someone they love. One day, my dream is to become a pediatric oncologist and help children battling this disease overcome it with their strength. I will never forget the way cancer changed my mother over the three years she battled, and I will never forget the feelings I had and still have when I’m going through grief. Everyone deserves a chance at life. Don’t let cancer affect that.

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.

For The Kids!


Paige Barlow