Director's Message



Dear THON Supporters,


When I was growing up, I would dream of being a professional baseball player, picturing myself up to bat in my red and white pinstripe jersey. As I got older, my dreams were redefined, and now I am in a position where I am seeing my dreams become reality. Instead of the roaring crowd of Citizens Bank Park supporting me, I now have the support of more than 16,500 student volunteers and 25,000 alumni all in pursuit of the same dream — to find a cure for childhood cancer.

I now have the support of more than 16,500 student volunteers and 25,000 alumni all in pursuit of the same dream — to find a cure for childhood cancer.

My name is Andrew Smith, and I am the THON 2018 Executive Director. My story is just one of the many that has been rewritten by the lasting impact of THON and its mission that spans beyond the efforts of any one volunteer, leader or organization. THON™ is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. The funds raised by THON cover not only treatment costs for more than 3,700 children being treated in Penn State Children’s Hospital, but also support innovative research to go beyond the boundaries of Pennsylvania and spread hope worldwide.

With your help, we will continue to turn childhood dreams into reality.

Over 40 years of dedicated volunteers and supporters have paved the way for THON to inspire the next generation of philanthropists. With your help, we will continue to turn childhood dreams into reality. Thank you for your ongoing support for the families, for the fight and for the cure.


“Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.”

For The Kids™,


Andrew Smith
THON 2018 Executive Director