Four Diamonds ensures that children with cancer treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital never see a bill. In addition, it supports children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. Research, after all, is the key to conquering cancer.

Four Diamonds receives financial support from many different sources, but one clearly stands out: The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON.

THON is a yearlong fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric cancer that culminates in a 46-hour dance marathon. It is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world engaging more than 15,000 students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is also the oldest and longest dance marathon in the country.

This year, THON was stewarded by the remarkable student leader, Katie Mailey. I’ve had the privilege to watch THON from up close over the last few years as a member of the Four Diamonds Advisory Board.

This post is my thank you note to Ms. Mailey, her team and to THON.

Thank you for rallying the community to raise an incredible amount of money. More importantly, however, thank you for inspiring thousands to join the fight to conquer childhood cancer.

Ms. Mailey, her team and all of the THON dancers and volunteers are an inspiration. These students worked tirelessly, engaged selflessly and poured all of themselves into the fight against childhood cancer.

Watch the video, be inspired and join the fight. And remember: You can donate to THON all year long.

More about THON and Four Diamonds

Since pairing in 1977, THON has raised more than $127 million to the Four Diamonds Fund, its sole beneficiary. Four Diamonds fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for the patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their child. Because of large donors like THON, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research, and to maintain and expand the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital. Over the years, the tireless work of Penn State students has benefited numerous families battling pediatric cancer and each year bring us one step closer to finding a cure.