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For Xander. For the Beltz. For the kids.
Penn State's Club Tennis is one of the largest club sports organizations on campus. While we love to have fun together during practices, our real sense of community and club involvement comes from our participation in Penn State's Dance Marathon, also known as THON. While many of us have individual reasons why we THON, we all share a common one- participating on behalf of our amazing THON family, The Beltz. We have been paired with the Beltz since 2013 and have built so many unforgettable memories with them across the years. Alexander "Xander" Beltz, our THON child, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was only 1.5 years old. He finished his treatment at age 3. Now 11 years old, Xander is considered cured! Xander approaches every day with a smile on his face. He loves to laugh, dance, race, play MarioKart and Minecraft, and most of all, give hugs. He and his whole family have become part of our club and we are forever grateful to have them in our lives.
Xander has been one of the many success stories of Penn State Children's Hospital and the Four Diamonds Fund. We are one of the lucky organizations that get to participate in THON in celebration, as our THON child is not only past remission but considered cured. However, we know that not every THON family has had the fortunes of Xander and the Beltz. So, we also dance and fundraise on behalf of the idea that every family affected by this horrible illness gets to have the happy ending that Xander and his family experienced. We also THON because we believe that dreams can become reality and that one day no family will ever have to hear the words, "Your child has cancer."
Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THONTM. Club Tennis 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. 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.