The 9th annual Hope Express is looking for a group of energetic moralers to support our runners as they make the 135-mile trek from Hershey to the BJC. Each year, a group of runners carries letters of hope made by the kids at Hershey to the dancers in the BJC. If you miss your moraling days, always wanted to try morale or just want to lend a helping hand, we want to hear from you. We raised over $155,000 FTK last year and are looking for your help to surpass that this year!!
To learn more about what the moralers do and about the various committees, you can click here. Once you’re ready to apply, you can fill out the application here. Any questions, send them to Matt Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 17th
2nd Annual Hope Gala Mets Game - Join the Hope Gala and the New York Mets for the second annual Hope Gala Game benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund on Sunday, August 17 at 1:10pm as we fund raise to help conquer childhood cancer. Tickets are $49 and the New York Mets will donate $10 for every Big Apple Reserved ticket sold through this advanced offer to the Four Diamonds Fund. Come early and cheer on the Ashley Fazekas Four Diamonds family, who will be honored on the field pre-game! Visits mets.com/ftk for tickets and more information.
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Hope Floats Boat Cruise - The Hope Gala’s first boat cruise around Manhattan will be a night filled with drinks, dancing and beautiful views of the city! Join us on Saturday, September 6th from 8-11pm (boarding begins at 7:30). The Harbor Lights Yacht will from East 23rd Street and FDR in NYC. A $75 ticket includes top shelf open bar. $20 from each ticket will be donated to the Four Diamonds Fund. The Hope Gala will be conducting a 50/50 raffle, with more surprises to come! For tickets and more info please visit http://nychopegala.com/get-
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Cents of Hope – Each fall, Cents of Hope coordinates a team of students, alumni and friends of Penn State to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer by running the Philadelphia Half Marathon. The model is simple. We start LAST and collect donations for each runner we pass. For example, if you choose to sponsor Steve at 1 penny per pass, and he passes 5,000 runners, your final donation would be $50. All proceeds benefit THON and can be credited to any student organization or individual dancer couple. This year, we already have a record 25 runners signed up – but we’re always looking for more! For more information on participating or sponsoring a runner, visit centsofhope.org or email email@example.com.
If you haven’t been following along with Norman Horn’s journey across the country, now’s the time to start. Norm is trekking “Coast 2 Coast FTK” to raise money and awareness for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund. Starting in April, Norm took off in Southern California and plans to finish up in Atlantic City, NJ this October.
A few years after graduating from Penn State, Norm had the idea to do something big for the kids at Hershey. “It stemmed from being a student at Penn State. I never participated in THON, I always viewed it from the outside,” he said. “It just really became something I wish I became more involved with in the past.” So, he visited Hershey Medical Center and talked to some of their executives to get the ball rolling.
Training consisted of hiking in Southern California in order to be near high elevation (and, as he said, remove himself from the east coast winter!). He began walking just a few miles a day and slowly built himself to hiking upwards of 20 miles a day. He added, “It was fun and got me mentally prepared for what I’m doing now. My legs are sore every day, but it’s more of a mental soreness than a physical one.”
Having already walked roughly 1700 miles, Norm has gone through 5 pairs of shoes in 3 months and 11 days. Eastern Colorado has, so far, been the toughest part to walk through. Throughout the toughest part, though, he spoke of an elderly couple who found him frustrated and walking late at night. After a 30-mile day and no place to put his tent, they took him in for the night and fed him. “It was an unbelievable circumstance,” Norm said.
Norm has raised over $15,000 since his trip began. He’s received packages, donations, letters, and all kinds of interesting things in the mail. He said, “It’s like Christmas for me when I get a package.” He went on to explain that Four Diamonds Families have graciously sent him heartfelt letters and care packages to keep him going. He’s received art from kids going through treatment, and their drawings from when they were done. “It’s a humbling experience,” he said, “I’m preparing myself for the next emotional breakdown. They support me in this beyond my wildest dreams. They’ve gone way over the top to make me comfortable. It’s really humbling. It’s unbelievable!”
As for the next few steps in his journey, Norm explained, “I go where I know I can talk to people.” This week he went to Wichita to meet with another cancer foundation, and he’ll be meeting with some Kansas City Penn State Alumni Association members. Some big places he plans on hitting next are St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus (after he was invited by the BuckeyeTHON Executive Committee!), Pittsburgh, Hershey, his hometown of Phoenixville, Philadelphia, and, finally, Atlantic City, NJ. Throughout his trek in Pennsylvania (or any leg of the trip), he’s asking for any and all to join in on the fun.
“Join my little mission,” he said, “and fight against cancer.”
If you would like to contribute to Norm’s fundraising efforts, please visit his website: http://coast2coastftk.com/. You can keep up with his daily adventures via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coast2coastFTK and Twitter: https://twitter.com/coast2coastFTK. If you’d like to chat with Norm or ask him where to send a letter, you can send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fault In Our Stars
The film, premiering in June, is based on the New York Times best-selling book by John Green. It tells the story of a teenage girl stricken with cancer who falls for a boy in her cancer support group. A story such as this one brings national attention to pediatric cancer and the continued fight of the children and families who face this disease daily. Organizations such as the Four Diamonds Fund support these families by raising awareness and funds in the hopes of curing pediatric cancer.
About the Four Diamonds Fund
The mission of the Four Diamonds Fund is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.
Since its creation, Four Diamonds has helped more than 3,300 children and families, and supported a diverse platform of pediatric cancer research at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital; seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit those around the world. Because of the community’s steady and generous support, Four Diamonds has been able to assist 100% of the pediatric cancer patients who have been treated at Penn State Hershey.
Four Diamonds Carries Out Its Mission in Three Ways:
- Provide superior care to all children who are battling cancer at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital; a nationally ranked children’s hospital with a team of expert physicians, nurses and therapy specialists.
- Provide comprehensive support to children and their families by paying for care and treatment not covered by insurance or other means as well as additional expenses that disrupt the welfare of the children.
- Fund innovative research to find groundbreaking new treatments and cures for childhood cancer at the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center. These results are regularly shared through scientific journals and presentations—benefiting children worldwide.
How can you help?
- Contact your local theaters to organize a fundraising and awareness campaign.
- Some theaters may add a small fee – $1-$3 – that can be returned to the fundraising group.
- Some theaters may also be willing for your group to hand out small placards or fliers with information about your cause.
- Most theaters seat between 150-200 people, this has the potential impact of raising $300-$400 per showing.
- If you are interested in hosting such a campaign, or getting more involved in Four Diamonds efforts, please contact email@example.com.
Join the Hope Gala and the New York Mets for the second annual Hope Gala Game benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund on Sunday, August 17 at 1:10pm as we fund raise to help conquer childhood cancer. Tickets are $49 and the New York Mets will donate $10 for every Big Apple Reserved ticket sold through this advanced offer to the Four Diamonds Fund. Come early and cheer on the Ashley Fazekas Four Diamonds family, who will be honored on the field pre-game! Visits mets.com/ftk for tickets and more information.
Buy tickets here: www.mets.com/ftk
Check out our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/
It is a 5-6 mile race with 16 obstacles, each representing 1 of the 4 Diamonds. As participants make their way through the course, they will earn their 4 Diamonds and help defeat cancer!!
After the race, runners can enjoy the post-race party with food, music, beer and much more. Sign up now and help us get one step closer to a cure. Register at http://mud4thefund.org/registration/. Don’t delay, prices go up on 6/1/14.
You were one of the thousands who participated in the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Though your college days are (sadly) behind you, life keeps sending little reminders that you were (and continue to be) an integral part of the great philanthropy that is THON. We Are… Penn State. FTK.
Huge congratulations to this years Dance Marathon AIG 2014 THON Dancers!
Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) 2014 Board of Directors Applications are now available and due on April 1st, 2014. If you are interested please download the application by clicking the link below and email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day on April 1st, 2014.
There are currently two open positions for the 2014 board:
Regional Events Director
- Responsible for setting the standards for quality events, sharing best practices, meeting and increasing goals, and ultimately boosting alumni contributions to THON
- Provide background and experience as a resource for individuals, groups, chapters, and boards planning events
- Serve as clearinghouse for listserv and other mass communications related to Regional Events
- Compile and maintain event data for tracking progress and reporting, as well as determining advice for improvement and sharing suggestions with other event planners
- Provide reports, entries, and correspondence for the Overall Committee, PSAA, THON, and other submissions for awards, records, recognition, etc.
- Coordinate communications amongst chapters, AIGs, commonwealth campuses and individuals who wish to plan or have planned events in the past
- Explore new ways to drive chapters, AIGs and individuals to plan new events in new areas
Special Projects Coordinator
- Oversee the Alumni Dancer Couple fundraising and selection process
- Coordinate dancer support activities and materials before and during THON Weekend
- Maintain and archive of THON material and history and working on a THON history museum project with the appropriate captain
- Develop a system to collect all past significant documentation relating to DMAIG and maintaining a system to collect the data going forward
- Other special projects as assigned