"For the Kids!"
This weekend, Penn State will be holding its annual THON Dance Marathon to raise funds and awareness to fight against pediatric cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised over $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. This is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, dedicated to making strides in finding a cure and bringing hope to the children, families, researchers, and staff at the Four Diamonds Fund.
"It's all about heart."
One of Laughlin's own speech pathologists, Megan Kvederis, will be participating in an alumni portion of THON called The Hope Express. Twenty-four hours before the Dance Marathon officially begins, The Hope Express takes off on a 135 mile relay run from Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and finishes at State College to kick off the weekend's festivities. The mission of The Hope Express is to unite the children and family members of the Four Diamonds Fund with the excitement and mission of the Dance Marathon itself. Runners will face many challenges as the race takes place through the night, through the elements, and through the steep mountains of Happy Valley.
Kvederis will be running a total of 18 miles this year on The Hope Express's Extreme Team, which will cover 140 miles in 24 hours on behalf of the Four Diamonds kids. Megan has been involved with THON since 2006 as an undergraduate at Penn State, where she volunteered on various committees and served as the THON chair for Health & Human Development student council. She danced 46 hours FTK! Her passion for THON continues even as an alumni.
Laughlin will be cheering on Megan and the rest of the Penn State student body this weekend as they bring hope and make strides toward finding a cure!
If you would like to give to Megan's Extreme Team fund, visit their website.
To donate or find more information about the Penn State Dance Marathon, visit their website!