An activity Penn State students often take part in is called "Why I THON." They write on their hands "I THON for...," and list reasons that empower and motivate them to end pediatric cancer. This year my sister Erica was diagnosed with a rare aggressive type of ovarian cancer. THON has always held a special place in my heart, but this summer gave me a better understanding of the word cancer. Before this summer I heard the word cancer and thought about fear and sadness, but now the word has a whole new meaning to me. Erica embodies strength, bravery, courage, and beauty. Being diagnosed during the pandemic was a test to our family's strength, but I'm proud to say Erica has just started remission and is getting stronger everyday. 

The strength I witnessed within my family is the same strength I feel being apart of my Penn State family at THON. There is truly nothing like standing side by side with thousands of students working together for one common goal; no more cancer. Although times are different right now, our fight does not stop here. This years virtual 5K is the perfect way to participate with students, family, and friends all over the world. 

I started this team in Erica's name to show my constant support and determination in making sure she has a million more tomorrow's and bright smiles. I now ask for your support in helping me raise money in her name to make sure cancer cannot and will not ever win. Whether it be your sister, mother, father, daughter, son, brother, friend, or even a stranger. Take a stand with Penn State's THON and join me in ending pediatric cancer.


Soar to Uncharted Destinations, and #RunWithUsFTK.

The THONā„¢ 5K powered by PNC is the largest 5K in Central Pennsylvania. Annually, over 3,000 supporters come together in University Park, PA to take a stand in the fight against childhood cancer.  The Virtual 5K is perfect way to #RunWithUsFTK from any place, at any pace. This year, our team will be participating in an effort to take the fight beyond Central Pennsylvania and spread hope around the world. 

Each year, 16,500 students and over 25,000 alumni supporters across the nation unite in the fight against childhood cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised over $168 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital, providing comprehensive care for 4,000 families and funding critical research. THON's year round efforts culminate in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon every February. 

Help us pave the way to a brighter future, For The KidsTM




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