In my undergraduate career at Penn State, I was very involved in my sorority, Sigma Alpha. After graduating, one of the biggest things I missed was my sorority's involvement in THON. THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. THON's mission is dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer through ensuring funding for critical research, while providing emotional and financial support to THON families.
This event is a year-long effort which raises funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $127 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
In my dietetic internship, I get to work with several patients battling cancer. Supporting these patients and working with them to improve their quality of life is amazing and rewarding; helping us find a cure, especially for pediatric cancer, is of the utmost importance.
Below is a message from the women of Sigma Alpha describing THON and how you can get involved. Take a look, and please please please consider donating! Every dollar counts towards finding a cure.
No parent should ever have to hear the words "Your child has cancer." The students of Penn State University are taking action in the fight against pediatric cancer so that one day, no families will have to hear these words. For more than four decades, the THON community has worked tirelessly so that one day we will dance in celebration of a cure. To date, THON has raised more than $127 million for our sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Last year alone, THON raised more than $13 million For The Kids. THON continues to provide emotional and financial support to Four Diamonds children and families affected by childhood cancer. The THON community is also taking strides toward a cure by ensuring funding for critical research at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Sigma Alpha works hard every year to fundraise on behalf of THON.
Please consider donating at this link to help in the fight towards finding a cure for pediatric cancer: