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Join Sign Language Organization 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.
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.
This year, I am taking the opportunity to fundraise for the kids (FTK) through Penn State's Sign Language Organization. The mission of the Penn State Sign Language Organization is to teach American Sign Language, as well as promote Deaf Culture awareness within Penn State University and the surrounding community. We strive to do this through weekly meetings, “silent” hangouts, and outreach within the community. Our goal is to share and spread American Sign Language with our fellow peers and community that we are a part of.
In 2018, the Sign Language Organization was paired with the Johnson Family. Meghan Johnson passed away on November 21, 2017. She was only 18 years old. She had a huge passion for music and loved to perform. At THON in 2017, Meghan performed “Part of Your World” on stage for all the BJC to hear, and two years later SLO followed in her footsteps to perform her original song “Fly Away” in ASL on stage. We are so honored to be able to carry on Meghan’s legacy and memory at THON, and in our everyday lives. We strive to be the biggest support team for the Johnson family, and Meghan herself. Everything we do is always for the Johnsons.
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.
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.