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Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.
Impact was founded in 2009 by a very small group of determined residents of the second floor in Beaver Hall. This group of about 5 members formed what came to be the very small independent organization benefiting Penn State's Dance Marathon...IMPACT! Since then, Impact has grown to an organization size of about 50 active members, raised thousands of dollars annually to help fight pediatric cancer, and most importantly, has been partnered with a Four Diamonds Family. The Jeremy Hawk Family.
The Jeremy Hawk Family
Jeremy Hawk is a 16-year-old fearless jokester with a posterior fossa brain tumor, a grade-1 pilocytic astrocytoma originating in the brain stem. Jeremy has a bubbly sister Erin, and superhero-parents Lynn and Jim. Being partnered with The Jeremy Hawk Family has changed the lives of all Impact members, old and new alike, that have been blessed to meet and spend time with them. Being a part of this family's journey as Jeremy fights pediatric cancer is an indescribable and incomparable experience for Impact. Their strength, optimism, and unity as a family has been truly inspiring to Impact members lucky enough to witness their triumphs thus far. The Hawk Family is the epitome of The Four Diamonds: Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, and perhaps most of all, Strength. Our passion as an organization is not only to fundraise to help fight pediatric cancer, but also to relieve some of the stress and anxiety brought on by a cancer diagnosis. At the end of the day, while Impact takes pride in every dollar raised For The Cure, it means more to be able to put a smile on Jeremy's face, and to truly be a part of The Hawk Family.