Jared May and Jacob May

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. Together, Jared and Jacob May, are 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.


Jared and Jacob May have been working tirelessly all year with the hopes of being selected to dance in THON 2019. Independent Dancer Couples are dedicated individuals who set up their own fundraisers throughout the year, and with the support of friends and family, will obtain tickets in a lottery system in the hopes of earning a spot as dancers in the Penn State Dance Marathon. With your contribution, you will bring Jared and Jacob one step closer to being able to take a stand against childhood cancer during THON Weekend 2019.


Jared and Jacob are two brothers from York, PA studying at Penn State. Jared is a senior chemistry major and plans to attend medical school next year with an interest in orthopedics or surgical oncology. Jacob is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. He plans to use his degree to design and develop new medical equipment and technology to improve healthcare diagnoses, monitoring of patients, and aid in therapy. Jared has been on THON’s Dancer Relations committee for the past two years and Jacob was on the Dancer Relations committee last year, where they maintained their dancer’s physical, mental and emotional health through the 46-hour event. Jared has also been involved with Apollo and Jacob is a member of Ohana, combining the two incredible special interest organizations. In their free time, Jared and Jacob like to go fly fishing and kayaking, hang out with their three dogs, Jazzie, Mya and Jack, and cheer on the Nittany Lions. They have a third brother named Josh who is also a student at Penn State and a member of the Blue Band.

Jared and Jacob’s family has been touched with cancer in many ways. In May 1991, their cousin Kyle was diagnosed with leukemia. Had it not been for the efforts of the wonderful physicians, nurses, therapists and volunteers at Penn State Children’s Hospital, Kyle may never have grown up to be the happy and healthy father, husband, teacher and coach he is today. Thanks to Penn State THON and the Four Diamonds, Kyle’s family never saw a medical bill. Jared and Jacob THON for children all across the region like Kyle.     



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