Join us on September 14, 2018




Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let's fight for it.

Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THONTM. Our Organization, Pillar, is 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.
Since 1977, THON has raised over $157 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital, providing comprehensive care for 4,000 families and funding critical research to take this 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.

Pillar was created in 2009 in the dorm room of Bigler Hall, when 8 students came together to make a difference and join the fight with over 15,000 Penn State Students to eradicate Childhood Cancer. Pillar was created on the idea of giving our families the love and support they need to get through a very difficult time, being a "Pillar" of support for them. Pillar is a Special Interest Organization whose sole purpse is to frundraise for the Four Diamonds Fund. We hold many different fundraisers throughout the year including: canvassing, ribbon sale, bake sales, and more! Pillar has been so lucky to be paired with two amazing Four Diamonds families, the Payne Family and the Maher Family.

The Ryan Payne Family

Around four years ago Pillar had the pleasure to be paired with the wonderful Payne family. In this family of three, Ryan, the youngest, who is 16, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on January 16th, 2014. He has an older brother, Richard Jr., and their father is Richard. Ryan is such a great kid who loves sports, rick and morty, and hanging out with his family! Ryan has been Cancer Free since May 2017!!! Pillar loves to visit the Paynes and BBQ with them, watch sports, and make great memories with the whole family!

The Lexi Maher Family



Pillar was officailly paired with the amazing Maher Family in October 2016. Lexi lights up any space that she is in. She is a energetic 10 year old that loves to dance, play tag, and loves to play with her siblings! In her family of 6, Lexi has an older sister Kendra, and a younger brother Acien and new little sister Nadia. Lexi was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer called Germinoma in March 2016. And in September of 2016 Lexi was diagnosed Cancer Free! Pillar loves to visit the Mahers go to Skyzone, cheer them on in their sporting events, and our favorite event Trick or Treating with them on Halloween!


We are looking foward to a year full of fundraising and seeing our 3 dancers represent us in THON 2019!



Special Interest Organizations play a key role in helping THON fulfill its mission of conquering childhood cancer. Pillar is a Special Interest Organization at Penn State whose sole purpose is to support THON and our Four Diamonds Families. Throughout the year, Special Intereset Organizations contribute to the efforts of thousands of Penn State students by facilitating fundraisers and providing emotional support to our families.


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