Robbie Rockwell and Maura O'Brien

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, Robbie Rockwell and Maura O'Brien, 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.


Robbie Rockwell and Maura O'Brien 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 Robbie Rockwell and Maura O'Brien one step closer to being able to take a stand against childhood cancer during THON Weekend 2019.


Why we THON

Maura has been involved with THON since her freshman year, and has worked on the OPPerations committee, Dancer Relations Committee, and Hospitality Committee, as well as with her sorority Alpha Delta Pi. This year Maura is participating in a special events committee and hopes to dance independently with her independent dancer pair Robbie Rockwell. "I THON so that every child experiences the childhood they deserve. Every year that I have been involved with THON I have been constantly inspired by the families and their stories, and especially their strength as they conquer this disease until we dance in celebration. Taking a stand against cancer this THON would be for every child, sibling, family, and grandparent ever affected by cancer, and to spread hope around the world that we are dancing for a cure. Donations big or small will help the kids and spread hope around the world, thank you for all of your support to a cause so close to my heart!"

Robbie has also been involved in THON since his freshman year. His first THON experiences were as a Dancer Relations committee member his freshman and sophomore years. His junior year he was selected as an Alumni Engagement captain. This year he is a Special Events captain as well as raising money to hopefully dance as an Independent Dancer Couple with Maura O’Brien in THON 2019. “In the past couple of years I feel I have been able to see the true meaning of THON and its direct impact. At Hershey Medical Center I played with kids who wanted nothing more than to just be kids. You never forget the moment you help put a smile on a kid’s face. That is THON. Kids who have nothing but happiness and hope in them despite battling the ugliest thing I know in existence. They are the strongest people I know, fighting every day, fighting like kids, and winning. Their impact on me and my THON journey is indescribable. I cannot imagine what these kids and families are going through, and any donation will help kids be kids again, as well as get us one step closer to ending this terrible disease.” 


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