What is THON?
THON is a year-long effort that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. With the support of students from all across Pennsylvania, and THON Alumni all around the world, we continue to make great strides towards finding a cure for all childhood cancers!
Dancer Point System
We have a dancer point system in order to provide every active THON member a fair and unbiased opportunity to dance in THON. No one will enter the year "guaranteed" a dancer spot, and no one will enter the year with no chance of getting a dancer spot. Learn more about the THON Dancer Point System.
The Four Diamonds Fund
The Four Diamonds Fund is the sole beneficiary of THON's fundraising efforts. The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may disrupt the welfare of the child. The Fund supports the medical team that cares for the children and funds pediatric cancer research through start-up grants and the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Institute.
The Rivera Family
Many of the organizations that support THON adopt a Four Diamonds Family to provide mutual support, inspiration, and encouragement. The Tennis Club has partnered with the Rivera Family and their Four Diamonds child, Tessa. Tessa suffers from Down Syndrome and is in remission from an aggressive form of Leukemia. She loves the movie High School Musical, the Philadelphia Eagles, and everything pink. Tessa has a younger brother, Elijah, an older sister, Olivia, and a brother-in-law, Corey. Her loving and supporting parents are Cindy and Ed. The picture to the right was taken at the 2011 Family Carnival.
How Do I Get Involved?
If you are looking to get involved in THON through the Penn State Tennis Club, please contact our THON Chairs.