PawCast: THON and the Fight against Pediatric Cancer

World Campus student Christina Furister was diagnosed with cancer at 14, and survived in part from support of the Four Diamonds Fund and funds raised by Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, more fondly known to Penn Staters as “THON.” Christina shared her story on our most recent episode of PawCast, from her initial diagnosis at 14 to learning from her doctors that she was cancer free.

At Penn State, February is dedicated to THON, so join us as we discuss one of the University’s biggest and most respected traditions. THON is the largest student-organized philanthropy in the world with the goal of raising funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. This annual fundraising effort has donated over $89 million to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Christina shares her unique perspective of what THON means to her as a cancer survivor and former Four Diamonds child. Her emotional story details her experience of being diagnosed with leukemia at 14 and her fight to beat cancer.

Listen as Christina discusses the great impact THON and the Four Diamonds Fund have had on her life as a result of the assistance she received over the years. She shares a number of personal anecdotes, including:

  • her reaction the moment she was diagnosed
  • her first visit to THON as a child and the emotions she felt returning cancer free
  • learning she was pregnant after her doctors said it wouldn’t happen
  • how she has remained connected to THON

In the episode, Cat Powers, THON Overall Public Relations Chair, also joined us to discuss the ins and outs of the student-run organization. From the extensive planning to actual fundraising—hear about the work that the students put in year-round leading up to the forty-six-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon.

Also, learn about “family hour” the “total reveal” and other exciting highlights of THON weekend. Want to know how you can participate in this great event? Cat covers that too. Hear how to get involved in THON while at a distance.

Listen to a short sneak peak!

Want to hear more? Listen to the complete episode to hear Christina’s entire story.

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