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GO STATE, BEAT CANCER! Alumni Packet 2014

thon through the years 1973

the very first THON is held in the HUB Ballroom and raises $2,000


THON is no longer a competition in which dancers are eliminated throughout the marathon


THON is named the largest student-run philanthropy


volunteers expand canister solicitation into cities such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington, DC


THON makes a $10 million pledge over 6 years to build the Pediatric Cancer Pavilion at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital


THON raises a record-breaking $12,374,034.46

alumNi CHapTer Sp TligHT

meet the

Washington-greene Chapter

This 45-member alumni association chapter in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, led by Wendy Edgar, is making a big impact on the fight against pediatric cancer. The Washington-Green Chapter’s trademark THON fundraiser, We, Too, Can Dance Charity Social Benefitting THON, raised over $3,000 for THON 2013. We, Too, Can Dance is a ticketed, beginner-friendly dance class and social event where participants get to learn a wide array of ballroom dances. A silent auction, raffle and homemade desserts also help raise funds. Following the 3rd annual event, Edgar is proud of what the event has become. “Initially, because our chapter is so small,” said Edgar, “we did not think that we could put together a successful THON fundraiser.” But, thanks to the dedication of several members, the generosity of local businesses, and promotional assistance from surrounding chapters, “it was not as labor intensive as we thought!” According to Edgar, We, Too, Can Dance has been a wonderful experience for her chapter. In addition to raising funds for a great cause, the event also brought members closer together. “THON is such a big part of Penn State. It is such a great thing.” As we try to move on from a difficult time in Penn State’s history, Edgar said, “THON is something all Penn Staters can identify with and be proud of.” Thanks to the Washington-Green Chapter for all your hard work in continuing the fight against pediatric cancer as alumni! Together, as one Penn State community, we will make a difference in the life of a child.

Penn State HerSHey CHildren’S HoSPital & tHe Four diamondS Fund:

Conquering PediaTriC CanCer

THON’s sole beneficiary, the Four Diamonds Fund, not only provides outstanding care and comprehensive support to children undergoing treatment, but also enables funded scientists to conduct innovative cancer research. Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital continues to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best hospitals in the nation for pediatric cancer care and research. Today, with the support of THON, Four Diamonds research team is working to improve the survival rates of some of the most aggressive forms of pediatric cancer. One program focuses on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a pediatric brain tumor that manifests in the brainstem, an area difficult to treat with traditional care. The new molecular-based

    treatment in this clinical trial would result in more targeted strategies for this delicate area of the brain. Four Diamonds support allows Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to be a member of both the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium (POETIC). Membership in these elite research programs allows cutting-edge clinical trial phases to be offered as treatment options for patients whose diseases are not responding to conventional therapies. Four Diamonds continues to redefine boundaries and impact cancer research on a national scale. While Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is located in Pennsylvania, the work of THON and Four Diamonds provides hope that any child, anywhere will be able to overcome pediatric cancer. This year, with your support, we can make even greater strides toward creating a better tomorrow For The Kids.

Haven’t hosted a THON fundraiser before? Not sure where to start?

There are many ways that you can suppor t THON and Penn State students through your chapter. Get involved and bring your chapter closer together while joining the fight against pediatric cancer!

C ANNER SUPPORT Help us spread the word about canners in your area. The official canning weekends for THON 2014 are: September 27, October 18, and November 8. Ever y donation counts!

FOOTBALL WATCHING PARTIES Make a Penn State Football Game Day even more special by turning it into a fundraiser for THON. Also, be sure to look out for the football game featuring THON on November 2, 2013!

RESTAURANT BENEFIT NIGHTS Talk to a local restaurant about hosting a benefit night for THON. Many will donate a por tion of the night’s proceeds to a wor thy cause. Contact a restaurant manager to begin a par tnership today.

EXPERT LESSONS Have a local exper t in your chapter? Offer lessons to the community or other members with the proceeds going to THON.

DANCING EVENTS Not only students dance For The Kids! Show us your moves at a dancing event/dance lessons night.

DANCER MAIL/KIDS MAIL DRIVE Want to get your members involved and excited as THON Weekend approaches? Gather your chapter to assemble care packages and/or mail for the dancers and THON families.

COMPANY INVOLVEMENT Encourage your members to get their employers involved in the fight. Explore matching donations, company sponsorship, and beneficiar y events like a dress-down-day FTK!

BENEFIT CONCERTS Showcase the talents of your members or performers in your community in a benefit concer t FTK!

GOLF OUTINGS Hit the links for THON by organizing a day where suppor ters can work on their swing, socialize, and enjoy the outdoors while donating to help the fight against pediatric cancer.

RUNNING EVENTS From 5Ks to Treadmill Marathons, there are lots of ways to get your community up on their feet and running For The Kids.


dreamers doers


dreamers dreamers who who dodo” BUT ABOVE ALL , THE WORLD NEEDS

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

JOIN DANCE MARATHON AIG Join 10,000+ alumni and stay up-to-date on all things THON. Membership benefits include promotional discounts, exclusive THON interactions, and even the oppor tunity to dance THON Weekend! WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DMAIG? WEB: EMAIL: WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THON? WEB: EMAIL:

dance marathon alumni interest group

Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group is a University sponsored Alumni Interest Group designed to bring THON alumni together and keep them connected to one of Penn State’s most beloved traditions. Through Dance Marathon AIG, THON alumni can continue to support the world’s largest student-run philanthropy through regional fundraising events, alumni activities during THON Weekend, dance as an alumnus, all while keeping in touch with old friends. Joining is simple and free! Simply visit Thank you for your interest in joining Dance Marathon AIG and for helping to conquer childhood cancer!

b e c o m i n g a m e m b e r i s f r e e a n d e a s y at d m a i g . o r g Members receive many benefits and opportunities, including:

Registered regional events receive support and outreach, including:

- THON weekend hotel discounts - Run in hope express - Dance as an alumnus - Volunteer at a mini-THON - Support the Rick Funk Scholarship - THON weekend alumni activities and more!

- E-newsletter promotion to 10,000+ - Social media outreach - Alumni chapter networking & support - Event planning experience & guidance - Post-event recognition & exposure - Chapter of distinction criteria completion and more!

Contact for more information on membership today!

a lway s f o r t h e k i d s

Dance Marathon AIG promises to promote a continuing relationship between students and alumni who care about THON by providing opportunities for alumni to give time, money and resources to aid the Four Diamonds Fund in the conquering of childhood cancer.

“In this little game we’re playing, we’re gonna win. Together, we’re one big team, one big family... Together, we are Penn State.” -- Nick Pantalone

Together, we will make a difference in the life of a child.

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