No one can prepare a parent for the words, "Your child has cancer." Dava Beltz heard those devastating words about her son, Xander, but found a sense of relief when she heard about the Penn State Dance Marathon and The Four Diamonds Fund.
Every year, Theta Chi joins more than 350 Penn State student organizations with one goal in mind, conquering childhood cancer. We are involved with the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON. THON is a yearlong fundraising effort that culminates in February with a two day, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon.
Last year, THON raised a record-breaking $7.49 million for children battling cancer. Now, it is your opportunity to join Theta Chi and help our efforts in supporting the fight. All of the funds we raise benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
THON's mission is to conquer childhood cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of The Four Diamonds Fund.
The Fund supports a team of pediatric oncology specialists and enables research through The Four Diamonds pediatric Cancer Research Institute. In addition, The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, including travel, housing and food expenses. Dava said it was "a relief' to know they didn't have to worry at all about how much it would cost to save their son's life.
More than 2,000 families have received support from THON and The Four Diamonds Fund' Not a single family has ever been turned away from our support!
Everyone in Theta Chi is very passionate about THON and helping the kids! I would greatly appreciate if you would join me and Theta Chi in the fight to conquer childhood cancer by making a gift to THON today.
You can give online at www.THON.org or with a check made payable to the Penn State Dance Marathon. Please be sure to add our organization's name and number, Theta Chi, org #102, to the memo section of the check. Please send the check to Theta Chi/THON, 523 South Allen St., State College, PA 16801. Please return your gift by January 15, 2010. I cannot thank you enough for your support. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of children like Xander, who is now cancer free!
For the Kids,
Theta Chi THON chairman
P.S. You may be able to double or triple your impact through the support of your employer! Find out if your company will match your gift at www.THON.org/matching