Society of Women Engineers

Join us on February 15, 2019


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, Society of Women Engineers, 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.
Each year, our organization is paired with Four Diamonds Families who become our reason to THON. SWE has been lucky enough to be paired with two amazing families with wonderful children who make our fight against childhood cancer even more important.
Our first family is the Sullivan Family. The Sullivan Family has been paired with SWE for five years now and has really become a part of our family. Jhonen was diagnosed with leukemia but was able to win his battle having his last treatment in December of 2015. He is now three years in remission this past December. Jhonen is now 10 years old and the most energetic ball of fun you’ll ever meet. He loves drawing and playing around with SWE girls whenever we get to visit.


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Along with Jhonen, SWE has also brought his mother Jen, and his two brothers, Zach and Trenton into our family. Trenton is now 8 years old and somehow manages to match Jhonen’s energy level. He is an absolute goofball and loves running around with SWE girls whenever he gets the chance. Zach is the oldest brother of the Sullivan Family and is 17 years old. He really loves his younger brothers and would do anything for them. Our most recent visit was to an orchard where the boys could not get enough of all the games and loved seeing all the girls in their Halloween costumes

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Our second family is the Plummer Family. The Plummer Family is the newest addition to our SWE family having been paired with us since January 2018. Sela has been recently diagnosed with Von Hipple Lindau which cause tumors on the spine, brain, and retinas. We hope to provide as much support for her as we can during her battle. Sela just turned 18 years old in October and will be graduating high school this year. SWE had the amazing opportunity to take her out for dinner for her birthday!

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Her plans are to attend Penn State Altoona for biomedical engineering or Architectural Engineering once she graduates. She is incredibly artistic and creates absolutely beautiful paintings.Sela’s mother Kim, father Todd, and brother Max will also be joining our SWE family. We can’t wait to make our family even bigger with the addition of these amazing people. Sela pictured below in front of her amazing artwork and SWE girls .

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We in SWE benefitting THON want to be the best we can be when it comes to supporting our families. With your help, we can continue to grow these relationships we treasure so much. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our amazing THON families!

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.


Organizations play a key role in helping THON fulfill its mission of conquering childhood cancer. Throughout the year, Organizations contribute to the efforts of thousands of Penn State students across all campuses by facilitating fundraisers and providing emotional support to Four Diamonds Families. Society of Women Engineers works alongside these Organizations with the common goal of one day dancing in celebration of a cure.


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