This year, I am a member of the Family Relations Committee and have spent countless hours learning from our THON Families. It has been possibly the single most rewarding thing I have done at Penn State. I have seen families at their happiest and also in moments that are unfathomable to you and me.
The most important lesson I have learned this year is that in addition to battling this awful disease these are still regular families with the issues that might make you feel like your family has struggles. Our goal is to minimize the stress that cancer causes. It can be a big impact like taking care of a $60k medication or procedure or it can be small like making their child smile for a day where they skip school to hang out with some Penn State friends.
This organization and the people I have met within it are one of the things I am most proud of here at Penn State and I will miss it next year!
Your contribution will fund innovative research that will not only enhance treatment for children in Pennsylvania but is also giving hope to childhood cancer patients worldwide! Together, with every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter, we can spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the lives of children nationwide. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.