Club Cross Country Benefiting THON™
We run for the Fishers, for the Kaufmans, for the Potters
What is THON?
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world benefiting children and families impacted by childhood cancer. All proceeds raised benefit Four Diamonds at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Each year, our fundraising culminates in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon in the Bryce Jordan Center. Since 1977, THON has raised over $147 million for Four Diamonds, engaging over 16,500 student volunteers annually.
What is Club XC’s involvement in THON?
Club Cross Country participates in THON as a general organization, raising money through various fundraisers and operating on our own behalf, with proceeds contributing to THON’s annual total each year. Some of the fundraisers we hold annually include Ribbon Sales, THONvelopes, and the Donut Dash 5K. Our most successful fundraiser for the past few years (as well as THON’s most successful alternative fundraiser!) has been Miles for Smiles, a 46-hour treadmill relay.
Club XC is proud to be paired with three awesome families through the Adopt-a-Family program: the Justin Kaufman, Gideon Fisher, and Corban Potter families! Our families are the heart of why we THON. They inspire our team to be passionate, strong, loving, and hopeful every day. Read more about our families, their battles with childhood cancer, and our unique bond with each of them by following this link.
For THON 2020, Club XC contributed $97,711.70
For all members of Club XC, come join our Club XC Benefiting THON Facebook page for details on fundraisers, family events, and THON weekend! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to a THON Chair with any questions!
Organize various fundraisers, help teammates form meaningful relationships with our paired families, and engage donors and alumni with our philanthropic efforts.
Hannah is a senior majoring in Nutrition. She joined Club XC her first day of freshman year and it is one of the best decisions she has ever made. She feels so lucky to be surrounded by such a welcoming and inspiring group of people and is so excited to see all the amazing things this team will accomplish for THON 2021! Outside of running, you can probably catch her asleep (no joke she goes to bed at like 9pm every night)!
Sean is a sophomore majoring in Real Estate Risk Management. He grew up in State College before moving to Jupiter, Florida in high school. He joined the team his first day at Penn State and knew he had found his PSU family. Sean’s favorite parts of the team include the family environment, random shenanigans, positivity, and passion the team brings to everything it does. As a THON Chair, Sean hopes to continue to spread these values. Outside of running, you can find Sean playing basketball with his teammates, cheering on other teams at Penn State, trading stonks, and reviewing music with the Music Mangs (@musicmangs on Instagram).
Julia is a freshman majoring in Computer Science, and she is from Spring Mills, PA, which is only 20 minutes away from PSU! She went to Club XC practice on her first day of freshman year and immediately knew that she had found the best club on campus. Julia loves how involved Club XC is with THON, and she is inspired by her loving teammates and our wonderful families everyday! When she isn’t running, Julia enjoys watching Hallmark Christmas movies, making friendship bracelets, and eating Creamery ice cream (especially Alumni Swirl!).
Garrett is a freshman studying Biomedical Engineering. Garrett has been a part of the team since first day of freshman year where Megan Ellery almost cried in front of him from excitement. His favorite part of the team is how caring and welcoming everyone is. He is so excited to see how the team will grow its THON efforts in the upcoming year. Outside of running, Garrett likes to cook, listen to music, and hangout with the team