THON is a 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.
THON's yearlong efforts culminate with a 46 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon known as THON Weekend. This event is held at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center each year in the month of February. In 2014, THON raised a record-breaking $13.34 million and was able to donate 96% of funds raised directly to Four Diamonds.
Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. - more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined. Cancer can affect anyone, regardless of ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. Although today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, certain forms of childhood cancer have proven to be so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is still elusive, and 2,300 children and teens will die from cancer this year. Through THON's vast yearlong fundraising efforts and awareness promotion, we hope to one day find a cure for childhood cancer.
Since 1977, THON has raised more than $114 million benefiting Four
Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Four Diamonds picks up
where insurance leaves off, enabling families to solely focus on care for their child.
Assistance from Four Diamonds ensures counselors, social workers, music
therapists and other specialists are available to provide comprehensive
care in a family-focused atmosphere. Thanks to THON, Four Diamonds and the
Penn State Hershey Medical Center recruits world-class talent to continue
innovative research benefiting children worldwide.