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.
I THON ... For The Kids™.
I THON ... so every child's dreams can come true.
I THON ... so our angels' stories live on.
Since 1977, THON has raised over $180 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 THON for all children with pediatric cancer, including our Four Diamonds child, Colby Hoch. Here is part of his story:"Colby was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in 1994 when he was 2 years 8 months old. It was a long 2 years of multiple surgeries, chemo, radiation and a bone marrow transplant. The hospital was home for Colby and me as we were there more than home. His little body and spirit went through a lot, but he didn't complain. No matter what he went through, he always enjoyed and loved the people who took care of him. Whether it was his doctors, nurses, nurse assistants, x-ray techs, Child Life workers or our Social Worker, Greg. They all became our family. Before Colby relapsed, there was a 6 month period where he was able to play without worry, and just be a kid. He was able to go to preschool and make new friends. When I asked him what he would do if his cancer came back, he said "make new friends!" When we found out he had relapsed, he had less than a week and a half to live. He relapsed immediately after THON in 1997. This was the only THON he made it to, in the White Building. He was 5 1/2 when he passed away. Colby was a wise old soul. His life was short, but it was large! He was an amazing teacher of how you can live your life."
- Judy Hoch
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.