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THON 2017 Calendar Update

Mark your calendars! The dates for additional THON 2017 events are scheduled as follows:
  • Fundraising Outreach and Canning Weekend #1: September 23-25, 2016
  • THON 5k: October 16, 2016
  • Fundraising Outreach and Canning Weekend #2: October 28-30, 2016
  • 100 Days 'til THON Celebration: November 9, 2016
  • Family Carnival: December 4, 2016
  • THON Weekend: February 17-19, 2017

Childhood Cancer: A Nurse's Perspective

Childhood cancer affects an entire family, and the staff at Penn State Hershey Children's hospital is critical in ensuring comprhensive support and superior care. Nurses are critical to ensure THON and Four Diamonds work is a success. Hear from a Penn State Children's Hospital Staff member, Melissa, on her role in working with childhood cancer patients: 

Update: 9 Days 'til THON!

In nine short days, our 708 dancers will take a stand against chuldhood cancer with more than 15,000 volunteers supporting them. THON Weekend will take place on February 19-21 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. Below is more information on building procedures for THON Weekend:

Entrance Plan For Student Organizations

#CancerCannot and Will Not Win!


THON 2016: 708 Dancers!

 Congratulations to all 708 dancers who have been selected to dance in THON 2016! We dance in 22 days!



Alexandra Wright



Supporters across the country are taking action in the fight against childhood cancer with THON 2016! Take a look at these inspiring events that are happening in your area. #BringHopeHome


PSDA Presents Premier Design Catalogue Sale Benefitting THON

Get the look you’ve always wanted and benefit Penn State’s Dance Marathon in the process! Premier Design is hosting a catalogue sale in support of THON where 50% of all proceeds from jewelry and other sales will go directly toward helping kids fight cancer.

THON Weekend 2016 Update: One Month Until THON!

THON Weekend 2016 is only ONE month away! Below is a list of updates about accessing the BJC, pre-THON entrance plan, parking and the Pass system:

Digital Line Management System:

    All spectators in the BJC will have a digitally coded bracelet.

·       Spectators can receive these via the Will Call area throughout THON Weekend. Will Call is located between Gates A and B.


Supporters across the country are taking action in the fight against childhood cancer with THON 2016! Take a look at these inspiring events that are happening in your area. #BringHopeHome


MaGerks’ Dine and Donate

Enjoy a night of dining at MaGerks’ Pub and Grill and have 15% of proceeds donated directly to THON! To have proceeds donated, make sure to show the Dine and Donate flyer that will be provided by MaGerks’.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Everything You Need to Know About THON Hoops: Saturday, December 5th


  • Saturday, December 5th, 2015
  • Bryce Jordan Center
  • Noon Tip-Off
  • RSVP to THON's Facebook event
  • Invite your friends!


  • Free
  • AAA is donating $3 to THON for every student who comes through the door
  • Orgs can credit this donation
  • Student tickets only

Requesting Tickets


Supporters across the country are taking action in the fight against childhood cancer with THON 2016! Take a look at these inspiring events that are happening in your area. #BringHopeHome


PSU Liberty Ball Night at Dave & Buster’s Philadelphia

Join the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association in raising funds for the Liberty Ball, which contributes to the Penn State Dance Marathon. 10% of all sales (excluding alcoholic beverages) up to $500 will go directly to the Liberty Ball.


Accept the Alumni Challenge Today!

Dear Penn State Alumni,

Introducing Our Updated Mission Statement

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:

Fall Fundraising Update

Fundraising Outreach & Canning Weekends

THON 2016 Events: Canister Solicitation Update

Preparation for THON 2016 is well underway! The following weekends are the dates that canister solicitation, more commonly known as “canning,” is allowed:

Spring Captain Opportunities for THON 2016

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:

THON Weekend Update: Entrance Plan Registration

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.

Childhood Cancer Series: Part 5

2 Days Until THON: Lymphoma

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.

Childhood Cancer Series: Part 4

3 Days Until THON: Wilms Tumor

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.

Katelyn Bernard Family Story

Childhood Cancer Series: Part 3

4 Days Until THON: Neuroblastoma

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.

How Four Diamonds Fund Impacts

The Andrew Creasy Family

Childhood Cancer Series: Part 2

5 Days Until THON: Brain & Central Nervous Tumors

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.


Gabby Chapman Story

Childhood Cancer Series: Part 1

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.

Spotlight on Hershey Staff Series Part 3

We Dance because #CancerCannot Win


THON Weekend 2015: 708 Dancers

We dance in just 15 days! For THON 2015, we have 708 dancers that will represent THON's mission by standing for 46-hours, FTK.

Spotlight on Hershey Staff Series Part 2

Spotlight on Hershey Staff Series

No Hair Don't Care

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!

THON Alumni Challenge

Dear Penn State Alumni,

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.

THON Weekend 2015 Update: One Month until THON!

THON Weekend 2015 is only ONE month away! Below is a list of updates about the  pre-THON entrance plan, parking and the Pass system:
Pre-THON Entrance Plan
  • Entrance Plan is the time period before we open the doors to the Bryce Jordan Center, where organization members and spectators may line up to enter for the start of THON Weekend.

Kayla's MLK Blog Post


Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "what are you doing for others?" 

Martin Luther King Day is a day of service because of all that he did for others; it's about being selfless.