Why We THON
The mission of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) is to conquer pediatric cancer through outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of The Four Diamonds Fund located at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world reaching more 15,000 student volunteers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since its inception THON is year-long fundraising effort that culminates in a 46-hour no sleeping or sitting dance marathon. THON has raised over $127 million since its inception. THON Weekend will occur February 19-21, 2016 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
As medical, graduate and physician assistant students at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine we have the unique opportunity to see these funds put to work. We see the families that benefit from THON everyday in our own children's hospital and many of our student volunteers plan to enter the field of pediatrics in the future. We are able to volunteer with the Child Life staff that is made possible by Four Diamonds and experience the gratitude that these families have for the support THON gives them. We also realize that THON goes beyond just covering the bills, and has extended to fund research that will benefit children everywhere. THON provides support to four labs at the Hershey Medical Center and some of us even have the amazing opportunity to be a part of the research working towards a cure. We continue to THON because we directly see the impact that this money makes on children and families in our local community.
Your Support is Greatly Appreciated
The Four Diamonds Fund provides the ability to offset the costs of cancer treatment not covered by insurance, taking the pressure off the families. Additionally, the Fund hires world-class medical specialists as part of its cancer-fighting team, including child life specialists, and clinical nutritionists. The Fund has also established multiple research endowments that impact children across the nation, including a research program that will allow for Phase I and Phase II clinical trials, bringing us one step closer to a cure. It is this type of care and research that has ranked Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital one of the best in the country for cancer care by the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital Rankings. Thanks to THON’s donors, we are making a difference in the lives of children and families, taking more steps towards a cure! For The Kids!