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PSAMA ~ THON 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, The Penn State American Marketing Association, 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.
Who We Are:
The mission of Penn State AMA is to provide its student members with real-world business experience; not just limited to the fundamentals of marketing, but also exploring all professional and rudimentary skills of business. Through personal and professional development, networking and leadership, PSAMA offers its members the vital prerequisites needed for any undergraduate to make a comfortable transition to the workforce.
Our Family: The Krushinskis
PSAMA has had the honor of developing a relationship with the entire Krushinski family over the past 12 years that we have been paired. Although Eric has been cancer free for almost 14 years, our members are dedicated to supporting Eric along with the rest of his family. We love spending time with our THON Family and our members have made priceless memories with Eric over the years. We are extremely excited for this upcoming year spending time with Eric!
Eric is currently a sophomore in college, but in November 2001,at age 2,he started
having pain in his groin. He had a lump and it was really sore. They went to see a surgeon and there it was recommended to them that they go to the Hershey Medical Center. They were taken into the Physician's Center. The lump wasn't going back in, so they did some testing. After that, they were admitted in the hospital and kept overnight, and his mom, Donna, stayed with him. They were worried he may have had leukemia. Dr. Freiburg soon took over, and the Krushinskis were registered in THON soon thereafter. They began a study with Eric and continued logging the history and treatments of what was going on with him. He was first diagnosed around Thanksgiving, and initially he struggled with infection. Eventually, they put a portocath in by his breastbone to eliminate the chance of infection. He was going through treatments every 3 or 4 weeks through 2004. Luckily, it wasn't radiation, buy medications to kill the bad blood cells. Around 2004, the cancer had subsided, and since then, he's only had checkups once a year. All said and done, his fight was fortunately only a few years long, and he is now cancer free!!
On November 6th, 2018 PSAMA members went to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center for a tour and met some special people who work at the hospital and do amazing things everyday FTK!
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. PSAMA works alongside these Organizations with the common goal of one day dancing in celebration of a cure.
Watch last year's THON recap video!