What Is THON?

Since becoming Four Diamonds’ sole beneficiary in 1977, THON has raised over $190 million for childhood cancer patients and their families at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. As supporters dance for a cure, they are benefitting Four Diamonds’ mission to inspire hope and conquer childhood cancer.

THON is an organization led by students at The Pennsylvania State University. Over 16,500 students participate each year in what has become the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Throughout the year, supporters and volunteers host all kinds of different events to raise awareness and fundraise to help conquer childhood cancer.

Each February THON weekend occurs, which is a no sitting and no sleeping 46-hour dance marathon held at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Families and student volunteers are guaranteed to experience memorable moments while making a lasting difference in the life of each patient battling cancer.

Everything leading up to and occurring during the dance marathon helps support children undergoing cancer treatment. From 5K races to Harvest Days, there will be many fun ways to build excitement for the cumulative dance event.

Out of every dollar donated, 96 cents are used to make a positive impact in the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families. These funds help ensure children receive the support and care they need during and after their battle. Donations are also used to fund critical research, helping to save lives.

How to Get Involved

As the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, THON offers several ways for others to join the mission and have a positive impact on Four Diamonds patients and families. One way you can make a difference is by hosting your own fundraising events. Through our website, it’s easier than ever to create your own fundraising page and host an event or fundraiser to support the THON community.

Anyone can contribute and join the mission. THON welcomes parents, siblings and other supporters to join together and become part of THON Nation. There are even several alumni groups dedicated to dancing and working together to find a cure for childhood cancer. Also, anyone from friends to alumni of THON are encouraged to host fundraisers ranging from sports watch parties and bake sales to help raise funds and awareness for THON.

What Is Four Diamonds’ Relationship With THON™ and Penn State?

The monetary funds raised by THON™ are used to help cover the costs that childhood cancer patients face when undergoing treatment at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Along with contributing funds to cover cancer treatment, THON™ also helps support top-tier research at Penn State College of Medicine.

In other words, when you get involved, you’re helping Penn State fight for a cure.

Get Involved With THON™ Today

Whether you make a contribution to THON™ or attend the dance marathon in PA, you’ll be raising life-saving funds and awaren for children’s cancer research and treatment. Ready to start making a difference? Join us and get involved with THON™ today, and help directly support Four Diamonds’ mission to conquer childhood cancer.

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