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Cara Thompson's DAR Committee

THON Donor & Alumni Relations

Make an impact in the life of a child today

When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. We are 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™! 

As a Donor and Alumni Relations Committee, we understand the importance of those supporters to Penn State and how much of a lasting impact they make on our school and THON as a whole. We will be focusing our time and efforts this year towards engaging and empowering alumni to remain involved in THON, and taking efforts in stewardship to thank them for their involvement throughout their time as a supporter. We meet once a week to discuss various events and initiatives that occur throughout this school year, and additionally meet multiple times to work towards outreach and engagement with all of THON's donors and alumni. This continued group effort towards ending childhood cancer not only teaches us how to work collaboratively, but creates some of the strongest bonds of friendship and understanding between college peers.


This year, we are taking action in the fight against childhood cancer. We are fundraising as a group 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. We are 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 our hope that one day every child has the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams.

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.