2019 THON Alumni Challenge

Each year, Penn State Alumni unite to demonstrate their continued passion in the fight against childhood cancer.  The Alumni Challenge is a geographically based campaign that challenges our Penn State Alumni Community to see which state can raise the most money in support of THON. Gather with your friends, co-workers, local alumni chapter, etc. to organize an event and spread THON’s mission nationwide by bringing THON to your area.  Put your community on the map for THON 2019 by participating in the Alumni Challenge. #AlumniFTK

Click here to join the fight today. 

Help Give Smiles, Give Love, Give Dreams, Give Life.

Fall Semester Chapter Update

The Chapter recently spent the weekend with our THON Family The Bobby’s. The weekend was a major success in getting to spend time with our THON family, and from a fundraising perspective where we raised over $1,000

The chapter GPA is around 3.0 (we swear). This week is the week where THON committee applications are reviewed and interviews happen, and next week we hope to have good news about brothers being part of different committees.

Finally, rush week just ended last week, and we have promising group of pledges we are looking forward to bringing apart of Theta Chi. 

#RunWithUsFTK in the THON 2019 5K

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This year, the 18th Annual THON 5K will be held on October 21st at Penn State. Join us in the 18th year of the THON 5K by supporting THON from any place, at any pace.  Can’t make it to University Park?  You don’t have to be on campus to #RunWithUsFTK – Join fellow alumni across the country who are supporting the THON Virtual 5K!

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Form a team in your community to run the race on the weekend of October 21st, all while raising funds and awareness For The Kids! Your efforts will  support over 4,000 families impacted by childhood cancer by providing access to comprehensive care and emotional support, while also funding critical research to impact cancer treatment on a global scale.

With the support of our Penn State alumni and friends, we can spread hope around the world. Click here  to create or join a team of fellow THON supporters! To learn more information about the THON 5K, click here.

For The Kids,

Kelly McCready
THON 2019
Executive Director

2018 GI Theta Chi - Benefiting the USO

Hello Brothers,

We hope you are all doing well the summer. We are still dedicated to our flagship philanthropy G.I. Theta Chi.

The Omega Chapter of Theta Chi at Penn State is working to raise funds for the United Service Organizations. Every year we host a fundraising event to raise money for the USO with the hopes of helping out the millions of veterans and their families as they transition back into their communities.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE USO

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Growing Up is a Beautiful Thing. Let’s Fight for It!

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In just two short weeks, the year-long efforts of more than 16,500 student volunteers and 25,000 alumni will culminate in a forty-six-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. For those forty-six hours, the Bryce Jordan Center will transform into a home of bright colors, endless energy, and unwavering support for families affected by childhood cancer. 

From February 16-18, the Penn State community will once again join together to show what cancer cannot do. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $146 million for our sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds. THON’s contributions cover treatment costs for pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital, ensuring that no family ever has to see a bill. Additionally, THON’s support funds innovative research, helping the worldwide cancer community in pursuit of a cure.

Join us in the fight against childhood cancer by making a gift today. With the help of our generous supporters, we will one day dance in celebration of a cure. 

For The Kids™, 

Andrew Smith             
Executive Director
2018 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon
THON.org

P.S. Don’t forget to credit your favorite student organization, or potentially double your gift through company matching.

THON - Help Support Dancer Jordan Reed

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Make an impact in the life of a child today

THON was the very first student organization I became involved with here at Penn State.  My freshman year, I was on a Rules and Regulations committee, responsible for ensuring the safety of the Bryce Jordan Center.  Last year, I was responsible for the health and well-being of a dancer throughout the 46 hours as a Dancer Relations Committee Member, and I oversaw the fundraising efforts of my fraternity, Theta Chi, throughout the course of the year.  

THON is the most incredible effort that college students convene to create, by far, with $146 million and counting raised since its inception, with all proceeds benefitting the Four Diamonds Fund, which provides monetary support for children with cancer at Hershey Medical as well as grants for research with the intention of finding better treatment/ eventually a cure for cancer.

Further, to mitigate any concerns you may have about where the money actually goes, I have done extensive research on this subject and can confirm that THON donates approximately 96% of funds received to Four Diamonds, with the remainder covering necessary costs incurred during THON weekend (it's run entirely on volunteers).  Four Diamonds itself is able to turn around and use approximately 91% of the funds it receives to directly benefit children, either through covering what insurance cannot, providing research grants, or paying people like music therapists to keep spirits high during difficult treatments.  Altogether, this comes out to .96 * .91 = a little more than 87 cents of each dollar donated directly impacting children, which is considered impressive in the fundraising community.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT JORDAN
BY DONATING TO THON

When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. As part of my organization benefitting THON, I am working alongside 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni to support more than 3,700 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital to one day end the fight against childhood cancer.  Since THON’s beginning in 1973, we have raised over $146 million dollars, For The Kids™!

This year, I am taking action in the fight against childhood cancer. Throughout the year, I am fundraising on behalf of my organization benefiting THON to offset the costs of treatment that insurance cannot cover, expenses that improve the welfare of kids, and fund critical research in pursuit of finding a cure. I am committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer as well as building lasting relationships with the Four Diamonds families, and it is my hope that one day every child has the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams.

Your contribution will fund innovative research that will not only enhance treatment for children in Pennsylvania but is also giving hope to childhood cancer patients worldwide! Together, with every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter, we can spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the lives of children nationwide. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.

Make an Impact in the Life of a Child Today - Support THON 2018

When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer.  Our organization, THON, along with 16,500 student volunteers and more than 25,000 alumni, work tirelessly to support more than 3,700 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital. These efforts culminate in a 46 hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon held every February. As the largest student run philanthropy in the world, our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research- all in pursuit of a cure. Since 1977, THON has raised over $146 million dollars, For The Kids™! Last year alone, the THON community raised $10,045,478.44, generating the funds to support:

  • 50,227 hours of nutritional therapy

  • 66,970 days of outpatient therapy

  • 13,394 research experiments

  • 6,697 days to manage all patient needs

  • 13,394 routine maintenance visits for therapy and treatment for a child

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THON

THON's hope is for every child to have the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams. Despite advancements in research and treatment, this may not become a reality for some. With your help, we will continue to fight for the day that no parent has to hear the words, “your child has cancer.” It takes each and every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter to spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your dedication and support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the life of a child. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.

THON is a Greek organization that works tirelessly each year to benefit the Penn State Dance Marathon. With the generous support of our large alumni base, we are able to continue the fight against childhood cancer even after graduation. Since 1973, the Greek Life community at Penn State has united with a common purpose: For The Kids, For The Cure! Each year we stand together to show what cancer cannot do.

2018 THON Canning - Last Trip Ever! (Photos)

On Sept. 24, 2017 all of Penn State made their last canning trips ever for THON (read Daily Collegian story about canceling canning trips). With that in mind the Omega Brothers hit the road with members of Sigma Alpha Sorority to raise money FOR THE KIDS!

Help Support THON By Donating Today ----> CLICK HERE

For The Kids, For The Fight - THON 2018

Dear Friends,

Each year, more than 16,500 Penn State students and 25,000 alumni take action in the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, the Penn State Dance Marathon. In 2017, THON™ raised $10,045,478.44 for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital, making THON’s total contribution to Four Diamonds more than $146 million since 1977. However, there is still work to be done.

Committed to spreading THON's mission, passionate students, alumni, and partners are taking the fight beyond Penn State and spreading hope to every corner of the globe. By raising funds and awareness, THON continues to provide emotional and financial support to children and families affected by childhood cancer. The THON community is also taking strides toward a cure by ensuring funding for critical research at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

This year, you have the opportunity to join us in our fight. You can take action for the kids by making a gift and spreading awareness of THON’s mission. Together, we will make a difference in the life of a child. 

Take action in the fight against childhood cancer. Every contribution brings us closer to a cure. 

For The Kids™, 

Kelly McCready             
Alumni Engagement Director
2018 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon
THON.org

P.S. Don't forget to credit your favorite student organization in the memo line of a check donation or online at thon.org/donate!