There are just 63 days until THON Weekend 2014! The Executive Committee has been working closely with the Bryce Jordan Center staff to make improvements to THON Weekend that ensure both the safety and enjoyment of our families, dancers and spectators.
The end of the semester is here, and finals week is just around the corner! Here's some inspiration to get you through the final week of the semester. Childhood cancer survivor Jacob's parents shared their family's journey with cancer with The Children's Cancer Research Fund. With the help of stories like Jacob's and those of children like him, we can be inspired to do even more in the fight against pediatric cancer.
With the end of the semester fast approaching, we could all use a little perspective as the stress of finals sets in. Childhood cancer survivor Alijah's parents shared his journey through childhood cancer with the Children's Cancer Research Fund. His story and the stories of children like him serve as inspiring reminders of why we THON.
4DRE is a the THON Four Diamonds Recycling Effort! It helps raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund while working with Penn State OPP to better the planet by recycling one aluminum can and plastic bottle at a time.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's the time of year to give thanks for what we have. There are so many reasons to be thankful for THON, and you gave us some of yours:
“THON gave us hope, fun memories for our family, and not just one but hundreds of shoulders to lean on as we all stand up to cancer for our 2 year old Cooper and kids battling cancer everywhere!!” – Monica Bryson
The Supply Logistics Committee is running its 3rd annual Arts & Crafts Drive and we need your help! The goal of the drive is to utilize organizations, Committee Members and Captains to increase arts and crafts donations for THON 2014 and for the future. In addition to supplying activities for Four Diamonds Families, THON arts and crafts supplies are used by Committees to create an exciting and welcoming experience for the THON community as a whole.
Have you ever seen a staple-gun duel? Want to see the magic of cutting someone in half? Looking for an easy way to raise money For the Kids?
Mr. and Mrs. THON Pageant is a fundraiser For The Kids! The Pageant features two Captains from each Committee. In the pageant, these captains will display their talents, their ability to think on their feet and their love for THON to become the next Mr. and Mrs. THON. Come watch them dance, strut their stuff and make fools of themselves all FTK!
Today marked the annual 100 Days til THON celebration! THON volunteers gathered for a celebration that included dancing, performances, family speakers, a silent rave, and a group picture! We captured the 100 Days til THON 2014 celebration in 100 of your posts.
THON will be featured at the Penn State football game this Saturday, Nov. 2, as the Nittany Lions takes on Illinois!
Before the game, Tailgreat in the Bryce Jordan Center will feature several THON activities, particularly for Four Diamonds families. Four Diamonds children will have the opportunity to interact with cheerleaders, the Lionettes, the Blue Band and even the Nittany Lion himself. They will also get to go on the field at halftime as the THON 2014 theme is presented.
As the second canning weekend of the year wrapped up, we asked you to send in your favorite canning photos and stories from the second canning weekend and you delivered! Here are a few highlights from canning weekend #2:
As THON volunteers, we all know childhood cancer terrible and a major problem. However, the journey isn’t necessarily over when a child celebrates five years cancer free. Children can see side effects and long-term complications from treatment for the rest of their lives. Childhood cancer research is absolutely vital not only so there will be no more cancer, but also so there will be no more side effects and long-term pain due to treatment. Ashleigh Kussman shared her story with long-term side-effects from cancer treatments with The Truth 365 last week:
With homecoming over and the next canning weekend around the corner, it’s easy to be missing Penn State a lot right now. Continuing your involvement with THON as an alum is a great way to keep close ties with Penn State. Although it may feel like your THON experience ended when you graduated, there are so many ways to stay involved with THON long after graduation.
This past week, many THON volunteers became committee members on eleven different THON committees. However, THON is an organization made up of many different types of volunteers, not just captains and committee members. For those who won’t be a part of a THON committee this year, there are still other ways you can get involved!
Attention Four Diamonds families: we want to hear from you!
We THON for you, and your stories motivate us to continue our efforts to help in the fight against cancer. This year on the THON blog, we want to get you more involved! We'd love to share your stories on the THON blog in order to remind the THON community why we do what we do.
If you're interested in sharing your family's story with the THON blog, send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll feature them throughout the year!
This week’s Throwback Thursday features the second Dance Marathon!
The second Dance Marathon took place in 1974 and had more dancers and a longer duration. A few major changes took place in 1974, the primary change being that this was the first year that featured paired organizations.
Thank you to all THON volunteers who went canning this past weekend! We asked you to send your canning photos to the THON blog, and you delivered. Here are a few photos from the first canning trip of the THON 2014 year!
The THON blog is excited to announce a brand new weekly blog feature: Throwback Thursday! Each week, we'll post a mixture of photos, stories, and information about THON in years past. This week features Penn State's first ever Dance Marathon.
The idea of a Dance Marathon to raise money for a cause was proposed by the 1972-1973 IFC President Bill Lear, but no one could have guessed how exponentially THON would grow in the coming years.
The first canning weekend of the THON 2014 season is just around the corner! This Friday, September 27th marks the opening of the fundraising window for THON 2014, and Friday through Saturday September 27th-29th marks the first canning weekend of the year.
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children and their families? Do you want to be a part of the largest student run philanthropy in the world? Do you want to play an active role in ensuring the success of THON? If so, then apply to be a part of a THON Committee!
Whether you've been involved with THON for the past three years or you're new to THON, you've probably heard that THON Committee applications were released last week. The good news is, you still have two days to turn in your application!
This summer we're looking for the best THON Committee names that you've ever heard so we can assemble a list of the best committee names in THON history. Were you The French Prince of Pierre? Leggo my Meggo? Send us the best one you were ever a part of or heard during OPP Airbands or Moraley in the Valley. We'll be collecting names until the end of the summer and then this fall before committee selections, we'll release the list of the top submissions we received.