Emily Deivert


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Why I THON...

Every volunteer has a different story about what THON means to them. At the end of the day, we can all agree that we THON for the kids impacted by pediatric cancer and their families. 

There are so many reasons to THON. One vivid childhood memory I have is my 3rd grade teacher telling the class, “you guys are the generation that will find a cure to cancer." Later that same day I went home and told my mom that I wanted to cure cancer. At the time, I aspired to be the one experimenting and developing new drugs. Today my point of view is a bit different. I have no plans to attend medical school or even pursue a degree in a health-related field. However, being a part of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, I know I am still helping my generation inch toward a cure. 

Penn State Dance MaraTHON raises millions of dollars every year for Penn State Children’s Hospital. These donations allow parents to be more focused on their children rather than the medical bills that quickly accumulate.

Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THON. This year, I am 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.

I am fundraising to benefit THON in an effort to provide outstanding financial and emotional support and spread THON’s mission worldwide. It is my hope that one day, every child will have the opportunity to live out their dreams. 

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 fund critical research to take our 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. 

I truly appreciate any support you provide, either by making a donation or by sharing my page on social media to spread THON’s mission.


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