Submitted by publicrelations on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 10:53
As we grow as an organization, we continue to evaluate every aspect of our brand, including our mission statement. We want our mission to represent all that the THON community accomplishes through its efforts to fight childhood cancer. Our mission statement is the first glimpse into our organization, and our first opportunity to represent ourselves to the childhood cancer community and other outside entities that engage in our efforts. The updated mission statement for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is as follows:
Submitted by publicrelations on Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:46
In THON 2016, the Donor and Alumni Relations Committee will be comprised of two separate Committees, Development and Alumni Engagement. Read below to see how these Committees will continue to expand THON’s donor and alumni bases:
Submitted by publicrelations on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 19:26
We have been closely monitoring the weather conditions for this Friday, February 20, during the timeframe in which Entrance Plan will be taking place. As of now, there exists a Wind Chill Advisory, which includes the University Park and State College areas. Temperatures during Entrance Plan will be well below freezing with a high wind chill. With the safety of our volunteers at the forefront of our decision-making, we have modified the Entrance Plan to avoid registrants standing in line for extended periods of time in freezing temperatures.
The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lymphomas start in certain cells of the immune system called lymphocytes. They most commonly grow in lymph nodes, but can also affect the bone marrow and other organs. Symptoms of lymphoma include weight loss, fever, sweats, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes under the skin in the neck, armpit or groin.
Wilms tumor, also called neuroblastoma, accounts for 5% of childhood cancers. Wilms tumor starts in one, or rarely both kidneys, and shows up as a lump or swelling in the abdomen. This type of tumor is most common in children who are about 3 or 4 years old. Symptoms include fever, pain, nausea or poor appetite.
Neuroblastoma begins forming in the nerve cells found in a developing embryo or fetus. About 6% of childhood cancers are neuroblastomas. This type of cancer only occurs in infants and young children under the age of 10. Although this tumor can start anywhere, it usually develops in the abdomen and appears as swelling. Along with the swelling, this type or tumor can also cause fever and bone pain.
Tumors in the brain and central nervous system are the second most common cancers found in children. There are many different types of brain tumors, making up 26% of all childhood cancers. The treatment and outlook for each case is different. These tumors usually start in the lower parts of the brain. The tumors can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred or double vision, dizziness and trouble walking or handling objects.
In 8 days, 15,000 student volunteers will stand together against childhood cancer for 46 hours. Childhood, or pediatric, cancers are different from those seen in adults because they are the result of genetic mutations inside cells that take place early in life, sometimes even before birth.
PJ Tatano, Junior, began the fundraiser “No Hair Don’t Care” 2 years ago to benefit his organization, The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. This fundraiser focuses on showing solidarity with children who have lost their hair through chemotherapy treatments. This year, the event will be held by the Special Events Committee and will give students across the campus an opportunity to support the organization of their choice by shaving their heads for THON weekend. Below, PJ will explain his journey with NHDC as well as how you can get involved this year!
For decades, Penn State University has been home to thousands of students, alumni, donors and supporters who are taking action in the fight against childhood cancer. While THON has grown to become the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, the tradition and values of this University and this organization remain the same as they did 43 years ago.
Tis' the season for giving back! We hope you are all enjoying your winter break and spending time with family and friends! Although we may be on break, the fight against pediatric cancer doesn't stop, so neither do we! There are many ways to spread THON's mission this holiday, but we picked a few of our favorites!
On Saturday December 12, THON Families and Student Volunteers gathered to support PSU Women's Hockey and THON at Pegula Ice Arena. At the conclusion of the game, everyone enjoyed a free skate! If you missed out on the event, check out our recap below!
Fundraising Safety Workshops, previously offered on-campus and facilitated by THON Captains, will now be offered through an e-Course online platform, known as TeLMS: THON e-Learning Management System. The newly created TeLMS site features an e-Course of brief quizzes and videos that aim to accomplish the overall goal of volunteer safety. Rules & Regulations Volunteer Safety Director, Jack Small, expects the new e-course to continue the goals of the on-campus workshops by improving upon the communication and distribution of our volunteer safety protocols.
In order to more accurately reflect the role of the Morale Committee in the THON community, Morale will be renamed the Dancer Relations Committee. The implementation of this change will begin in the THON 2015 season.
The Dancer Relations Committee will continue to fulfill the duties the Morale Committee previously handled, which include: coordinating logistical components of the dancer experience, planning various pre-THON and THON Weekend Events, and ensuring the physical safety and emotional well-being of the Dancers throughout THON Weekend.