Student Pennsylvania State Education Association

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


Every school day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. As aspiring educators, we THON so that our future students can focus on homework and recess, not cancer. We THON so our students can grow up to be doctors, engineers, or maybe even teachers like us. Growing up is a beautiful thing, and we are here to fight for it. 

Join us in our commitment to end pediatric cancer, once and for all. Our organization, SPSEA, is taking action by uniting with 16,500 other 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 the survivors, remember the angels, and encourage the fighters. 

Our organization is paired with two loving and unique families, the Smith’s and the Guzman’s. Morgan Smith is an energetic 4 year old who loves playing outside with her little brother, Weston. When she was just 2 months old, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma which spread to cause a tumor in her stomach. Thanks to the support of her loving parents and treatment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Morgan now has no evidence of disease. 

Carmen Guzman is a passionate 16 year old who works hard figure skating and volunteering with her high school’s Mini-THON. When Carmen was 6, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After years of treatment and check ups at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Carmen was officially deemed cancer free in 2017. As a pediatric cancer survivor, Carmen wants to attend Penn State to become a nurse.


With help from donors like you, THON has been able to raise over $157 million since 1977. Donations go directly to Four Diamonds to provide treatment and support to children and families at Penn State Children's Hospital and fund critical research to spread hope around the world. Thank you for helping us fight for the future; for joining our fight in pursuit of a cure.

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