Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.
For those of you who do not know, THON is the largest student run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research - all in pursuit of a cure.
This year, I am taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers at PSU and over 25,000 alumni supporters in the fight against childhood cancer. THON is a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon held 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.
Though I have not been affected by childhood cancer specifically, the stories I have heard and the past experiences I have had in THON throughout my college career truly assisted my understanding and passion toward THON. I whole heartedly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to start a happy, healthy life with the support of those around them, and that is just one of the reasons I am taking this stand to fundraise for those who are impacted by childhood cancer. Throughout the year, I will be fundraising to benefit THON in an effort to provide outstanding financial and emotional support and spread THON’s mission world-wide.
Last year, I was on an operations committee for THON that held weekly meetings throughout the year which helped us prepare for many tasks during THON weekend. My committee took part in keeping the THON environment clean and safe for children and their families through various tasks. From the outside, our jobs might seem minimal, but I promise you the experience I gained from being a part of this THON committee was unreal. We were able to be on the floor at THON and interact with the children. We we immersed in the dancer's efforts, received smiles from strong kids, and heard moving stories from various families. THON weekend was something I will never forget. It brightened my passion for serving others who truly deserve it.
This year, I serve as the THON chair for one of the clubs I am involved in on campus called Biobehavioral Health Society. I am responsible for helping members of our club engage in fundraising and other activities that are related to THON throughout the year. I truly love being involved in THON through this chair position because I get to spread my enthusiasm for the mission of THON as well as work with others who have similar mindsets. Overall, I have thoroughly loved both positions that I have held within the THON community, and I hope that my experiences can give you some insight into how important this cause really is.
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!