Organization Development Committee

THON Communications

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The LARGEST Student Run Philanthropy 

Since 1977, THON has raised over $168 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Throughout our partnership, we have ensured that over 4,000 families have not seen a single medical bill. In addition, the local research that is being done is making a global impact so that one day, we will find a cure.  Each February, THON's yearlong efforts and support for the families culminate in a 46-hourno-sittingno-sleeping dance marathon. The Organization Development Committee is taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers to raise funds and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer. 


More than 400 student organizations across campus are involved with THON. These organizations give students the opportunity to actively fundraise For The Kids every day, and elect representatives to dance for 46 hours on behalf of their organization during THON Weekend! Every year, thousands of Penn State students work tirelessly across all campuses to support the kids and their families.  

The Organization Development Committee is one of three Communications Committees who help serve as Liaisons to all THON Volunteers within the Penn State Community. Our committee specifically works to provide decision-making support to the leaders of THON Organizations to help them exceed their goals each THON year. We work to create resources for the benefit of organizations to help them understand and share the efforts of THON. The Communications Committee works year round to educate and empower students, faculty, and staff as to how they can make a greater impact in our fight to find a cure for pediatric cancer.   

Making a Difference 

When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. As part of my organization benefitting THON, I am working alongside 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni to 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™!    

We want YOU to take action in the fight against childhood cancer. Help our organization fundraise 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. Become committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer as well as building lasting memories for Four Diamonds families. 

Your contribution will fund innovative research that is will not only enhance treatment for children in Pennsylvania, but will also give 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.