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When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. Our organization, FOTO, along with 16,500 student volunteers and more than 25,000 alumni, work tirelessly to support more than 3,700 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital. These efforts culminate in a 46 hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon held every February. As the largest student run philanthropy in the world, our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research- all in pursuit of a cure. Since 1977, THON has raised over $146 million dollars, For The Kids™! Last year alone, the THON community raised $10,045,478.44, generating the funds to support:
50,227 hours of nutritional therapy
66,970 days of outpatient therapy
13,394 research experiments
6,697 days to manage all patient needs
13,394 routine maintenance visits for therapy and treatment for a child
THON's hope is for every child to have the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams. Despite advancements in research and treatment, this may not become a reality for some. With your help, we will continue to fight for the day that no parent has to hear the words, “your child has cancer.” It takes each and every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter to spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your dedication and support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the life of a child. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.
FOTO is a special-interest organization at Penn State. Our organization was founded with the sole purpose of fundraising for THON. Throughout the year, we are dedicated to creating innovative fundraising methods, as well as providing emotional and financial support for Four Diamonds families.