A Year Long Effort: What Students Can Do for THON 2020

Photo posted by @pennstatethon on Instagram

What can students do to get excited for THON 2020? There are several ways to get involved in upcoming events and learn more about THON’s mission.

VALLEY recaps what a few of the fall fundraising opportunities are.

Dream Forward Campaign

A new thing to THON 2020 is the “Dream Forward Campaign.” This is replacing the “One Day We Will Dance in Celebration THON Campaign.”

The revamped campaign includes new ways to fundraise — including the emphasis on THON’s mission.

THON’s mission statement reads, “THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research — all in pursuit of a cure.”

The campaign included a Phone-a-THON where students could call friends and family and explain what THON means to them to get the mission out.

The new campaign is held for 16 days — Oct. 13 to Oct. 29. The starting date is the same as the THON 5k presented by PNC.


The THON 5K was held on Oct. 13 and there were over 4,000 runners in attendance. This year, it was fifteen dollars to sign up with 100% of the money credited to the organization of your choosing.

There was also a virtual THON 5K where people could run on their own who couldn’t be at the event, along with courses for alumni to run in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

100 Days ‘Til THON

This is something that gets the community excited for the annual event. There is typically music provided by the entertainment committee, performances of the line dance and THON fundraisers all throughout the HUB.

100 Days typically takes place mostly in the HUB, but there are typically decorations relating to the color theme for the day throughout campus.

The day typically ends with a group picture spelling out a word on Old Main Lawn. Last year’s word was “UNITE.”

100 Days also helps get the word out about THON, it’s mission and it is a good time to post Donor Drive links on social media to advertise how quickly THON is approaching!

Photo posted by Penn State THON on Facebook

This year’s theme for THON 2020 is, “Journey Together.” It will be held Feb. 21-23 in the Bryce Jordan Center.

No sleeping and no standing for 46 hours isn’t easy, but 16,500 Penn State student volunteers are already preparing for THON weekend and excited to take on this “Journey Together.”


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