Never a prouder moment to be a Penn Stater than on THON weekend. This year THON (the largest student run philanthropy in the world) raised $12,374,034.46 for the Four Diamonds Fund in a hope to find a cure for pediatric cancer!! Since 1977, THON has donated over $100M to the Four Diamonds Fund (with this year’s fundraising). To learn more about THON or to donate to THON14 go to http://www.thon.org!
THON has grown throughout the years. When I was at Penn State it was held in the White Building (the same place where I took my aerobics gym class), then it moved to Rec Hall (where the Volleyball teams plan now) and then moved to it’s current location – The Bryce Jordan Center. There were times this weekend where the wait to get into the BJC was over 3 hours long and this morning due to capacity issues they stopped allowing people to enter – pretty amazing!
I followed posts throughout the weekend, watched the live stream online and then spent the last two hours watching THON today – I caught Family Hour – which is where the families who benefit from the Four Diamonds Fund share their stories – about their kids who are in remission and the ones who are now angels. So very moving – not a dry eye in the BJC nor at my house!
For the Kids! (FTK)