"One day we will dance in celebration, until then we dance for a cure"

THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. Throughout the school year leading up to February, tens of thousands of Penn State students work together to create the magic that is THON. THON is a 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon dedicated to raising awareness and financial support for those affected by pediatric cancer. 700 students representing many different Penn State clubs, sports, commonwealth campuses, and more are chosen to dance the 46 hours as 16,500 student volunteers work on committees and staff the Bryce Jordan Center by working concessions, selling merchandise, working security, and much more. 

When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. You help support more than 4,000 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital to one day end the fight against childhood cancer. Since THON’s beginning in 1973, we have raised over $168 million dollars, For The Kids™! 

This year, I am taking action in the fight against childhood cancer. Throughout the year, I am fundraising on behalf of the hospitality committee and the Biomedical Engineering Society benefitting THON to offset the costs of treatment that insurance cannot cover, expenses that improve the welfare of kids, and fund critical research in pursuit of finding a cure. I am committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer as well as building lasting relationships with the Four Diamonds families, and it is my hope that one day every child has the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams.

I first got involved with THON my freshman year here at Penn State. I along with some other student volunteers planned and ran a THON Explorers Event. These events are held outside of the main THON event and allow a more intimate setting for the families. During this, we put on a science magic show for about ten Four Diamond's families, where we performed small science experiments. I watched one young boy look in awe at his slime masterpiece while he explained how much he wanted to be a scientist just like us students. He again reminded me of why I THON. I THON for kids like him that deserve to dream big and have a long happy, healthy life full of new experiences. Following this I wanted to get more involved and decided to join a hospitality committee my sophomore year. 

The hospitality committee's slogan is fuel the fight. During THON weekend, 260 students wearing hot pink (us!) provide meals for Four Diamonds families and the student dancers. It is our job to maintain the concession stands around the Bryce Jordan Center and provide all of the snacks and meals on the floor. Throughout the year, I will work closely with 26 others on my committee to prepare for THON weekend. 

This year I have also taken on the role of THON Chair for the Biomedical Engineering Society. I am super excited for this new role and hope to share my love and passion of THON to all of our club's members.

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.