• A General Organization benefiting THON.






    Check out our site for org members - events, announcements, and other important information can be found here!


    The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences benefiting THON is a family of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters. As an extension of the intrinsic passion and close-knit community of the college, members serve as outstanding leaders at Penn State by excelling academically while providing dedicated support to THON, the Four Diamonds Fund, and families whose lives have been touched by pediatric cancer. We provide our adopted families with emotional stability and build relationships that we will cherish far into the future. Our unwavering commitment keeps us motivated to fundraise relentlessly and honorably, while remembering what THON is truly about: helping the families.

    We are One College, One Love, One Fight.

    The Brewers

    Lynn, Butch, Troy, Tommy, Danielle, LeLand, Logan, Sonny, Patti, and Nana

    Fredericksburg, PA

    The Brewers became our first THON family paired with our organization in 2004. Our organization was graced with an entire household of love.  Lynn and Butch, strong loving parents, their two close friends Sonny and Patti, Lynn's caring mother Nana, their two sons, Troy and Tommy, and now Tommy's wife Danielle and their two children, LeLand and Logan. The Brewers were paired with our THON organization when Troy was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma at fourteen years old. He was a spitfire teenager who loved hunting and sweet-talking the ladies (all his nurses included). Somehow, while receiving treatment at Hershey Medical Center, he was always able to convince the nurses to let him pull whatever trick he had up his sleeve that day. Troy became a part of our family, and we are a part of his. Our members would make frequent visits with the Brewers. It's no surprise that Troy was always sweet-talking our female members and joking around with the guys. He loved to make others smile and laugh. Troy passed away from pediatric cancer in March of 2006, after living a fuller life than many older men. The Brewers and our organization were devastated, but with Troy passing it was never more clear to our organization how important it is for us to THON. We THON every day in Troy's memory. We THON to keep his smile alive, and to protect other families from having to experience what Butch and Lynn have gone through.  

    The Woods

    Lisa, Ryan, Moriah, Lauren, Michael, Anna, Joey, Christopher, Matthew, and Jonathan

    Greencastle, PA

    The Woods became our organization’s second family in spring of 2006. In addition to the Brewers, we have the loving parents Lisa and Ryan, and their EIGHT children Moriah, Lauren, Michael, Anna, Andrew, Christopher, Matthew, and Jonathan! The Woods have adopted us into their family, having as many as 30 of us over at a time. We frequently visit for birthday parties, canning weekends, long weekends, and to baby-sit. Their son, Michael, had pediatric cancer, and is now 10 years cancer free! He is a fun-loving, laid-back fifteen year old, with a huge personality. EMS has been lucky enough to get to know all of the Woods children, and we cherish our relationships with each of them. With the Woods, we celebrate life, progress, and health. We THON so other families can have the blessing that the Woods had with Michael, and so families can experience the love the Woods share every day. We THON so one day, every THON family can celebrate their child being cancer free.

    The Hollingers

    Michelle, Jeff, Ian, Jordan, and Jackson

    Mount Joy, PA

    The Hollinger family was paired with our organization in 2013. We were so lucky to receive two more loving parents, Jeff and Michelle, their sons Ian, Jordan, and Jackson, and of course, their cats (five) as well! On July 13th, 2012, Jackson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Fortunately, by August of the same year, Jackson was in remission, but his treatment was far from over. Three years later, on Thursday, November 12th, Jackson finished his last chemo treatment!  We stood with him as he rang the bell to symbolize the conclusion of pediatric cancer treatment!  Though he still goes to Hershey for appointments, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight for the Hollingers.  Jackson shows us the true meaning of strength as he continues to fight through his long treatment process. As we get to know the Hollingers, they are a constant reminder that "THON is today." Cancer doesn't take holidays, it is present and kids are fighting every day. We THON for the health and happiness of the kids currently undergoing treatment. We THON today, so they can laugh and play tomorrow and for years to come.

    The Schmidts

    AnnaMarie, Jeff, and Emily

    The Schmidts are the newest edition to our EMS Family after being paired with us in 2015. Emily was diagnosed with cancer in March, 2015 and is currently still undergoing treatment. Emily loves Frozen, hula hooping, and country music and rocks her cowboy boots at every THON event! The Schmidts empower us to work tirelessly to ensure that every kid has the childhood they deserve and so we can one day dance (and hula hoop) in celebration!

  • Since our inception in 2003 we have

    RAISED OVER $700,000



    Since our birth in 2003, we have had 10 very successful years at THON.  In the past decade we have raised over $600,000 and in 2015 we reached a record high total of $137,763.29 for the year.  

    Our organization was founded in 2003 with a group of 20 active members. Ten years later, we have expanded to over 100 active members. We have grown from making a few thousand dollars for our first THON, to being named the "Number One General Organization" for the past four years and raising over $130,000 last year for the kids. We pride ourselves on the community feeling we have within our group and the vision of our group. We strive to remain a close-knit group of science and engineering students that work towards the common goal of finding a cure for pediatric cancer. We work hard to instill the true meaning of being a part of THON and how our work effects the lives of Four Diamonds families. While we believe it is extremely important to raise money for THON, we work equally as hard to create lasting relationships with each other and our THON families.

  • "One day we will dance in celebration, until then



    Meet our Exec Board!

    Victoria Christensen

    Executive Director

    "Hi there! I am a Junior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering from Lansdale, PA, a suburb just north of Philadelphia. I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to facilitate communication and relationships between our Board, our Organization, our College, and the rest of the THON Community."



    Fun Fact: I am a triplet!


    Lydia Scheel

    Donor & Alumni Relations Director

    "Hi there! I'm a Senior majoring in Energy Business and Finance from Youngstown, OH. I am the facilitator of communication between EMS Faculty & Staff, corporate, small business, & individual Donors, our Alumni, and our Org. I'm so excited for the coming year and to spread THON's mission For The Kids! .”


    Fun Fact: I tutor students in public speaking!

    Quinn Garvey

    Family Relations Director

    "Hey guys! My name is Quinn Garvey and I am a senior majoring in Environmental Systems Engineering. I am from Havertown Pa, and I will be working with Lauren to help build and facilitate our relationships with our four amazing families!"


    Fun Fact: Even though I am Hispanic my hips do lie!

    Lauren Ragland

    Family Relations Director

    "My name is Lauren Ragland. I'm a sophomore studying Earth Science and Policy. My position requires giving lots of hugs and having a lot of play dates and working with Quinn to spread the love between the org and our families. Our families make EMS THON who we are as an org and it's our job to make sure we never lose sight of why we THON."


    Fun Fact: I was born on a toilet. No, I didn't fall in.

    Lissie Poyner

    Fundraising Director

    “Hey guys! I'm a senior in Energy Engineering and I'm from Tinton Falls, New Jersey. My job as Fundraising Director is to facilitate alternative fundraisers within our org that raise money and spread awareness, FTK! I'm beyond excited to see all that we can do for THON 2017!”


    Fun Fact: You'll rarely find me without a cup of coffee in my hands.

    Shannon Stellato

    Canning Director

    "Hey! I'm a junior majoring in Energy Engineering from Long Island, NY. I plan our canning and canvassing trips to bring us closer together as an org and spread THON’s mission all while raising money For The Kids!"


    Fun Fact: Over spring break I learned that wild boars love marshmallows!

  • What Your Donation Does

    With 96 cents of every dollar donated to THON going directly to the Four Diamonds, there are no limits to what your donation can do for a cancer patient.


    One hour of music therapy


    One hour of Child Life Coverage


    One hour of Counseling for families, patients, and siblings with a psychologist


    One day of outpatient treatment for a Leukemia Patient


    Helps buy one wig for a patient who has lost his or her hair


    The link will take you to our Peer-to-Peer Page--our connection to potential donors. Just fill out the form with your payment information and proceed until you reach the confirmation screen. Thank you in advance for your donation.

    Every penny helps fight pediatric cancer!


    If donating by check, please make it out to "The Penn State Dance Marathon" and in the memo section write "The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Org #105". You can then either mail the check to our organization address at:



    14K Deike Building, Ryan Family Student Center

    University Park, PA 16802


    or email our Donor and Alumni Relations director, Lydia, at scheel@psu.edu to find a time when the check can be picked up.

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    These five students represented The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences during THON 2017. They danced for 46 hours For The Brewers, For The Woods, For The Hollingers, For The Schmidts, For The Kids.


    Annie Barron

    Senior, Energy Business and Finance

    You could put the BJC on wheels. Where would you put THON?

    I would move the BJC right outside of Hershey Medical Center. We have so many four diamonds families come up to State College for THON, but there are still kids who are too sick to leave the hospital and have to watch THON live online. I would love to have all the four diamonds families be able to experience the magic of THON weekend and be able to smile and have fun with everyone in the BJC.


    What is your favorite accessory to wear THON weekend?

    My favorite THON accessory is a fanny pack! They are so popular during THON weekend that they even referenced wearing a fanny pack in the line dance two years ago. They are so convenient and have enough space to hold all your essentials during THON weekend.


    You have to perform your favorite boy band song THON Weekend. What is it?

    One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful for sure! It is a classic karaoke song that you can’t help but sing along to, and I had a huge crush on Harry Styles when I was younger. There are five dancers representing EMS THON, and One Direction has five members. I think we would give One Direction a run for their money with our singing and dance moves.

    Jenna Bishop

    Senior, Environmental Systems Engineering


    What is your favorite accessory to wear THON weekend?

    My favorite accessory to wear THON weekend is definitely a hair bow. Bows offer a cute touch as well as being functional by keeping my hair out of my face so I can dance without being distracted.


    If you could have one celebrity come to THON, who would it be?

    The obvious answer is Chris Evans because who doesn’t want Captain America at THON? He would give an inspiring and stoic speech to get all of the dancers through the rest of THON plus he could probably carry me around for 75% of the weekend.


    What would you do with 9.7 million dollars (you can't donate it)?

    I would buy a house in Maine, Oregon, and Virginia so I could visit them all of the time. I would also buy an otter (or maybe 10) so I could watch them swim around and play with them. With the rest of the money I would travel around the world going to places such as Thailand, Germany, Peru, New Zealand, and as many other places as I could get before running out of money.


    Quinn Garvey

    Senior, Meteorology


    What would you do with 9.7 million dollars (you can't donate it)?​

    With 9.7 million dollars the first thing I would do is give my parents some for everything they have done for me. The leftover money I would use to take an extended vacation after college. I would probably end up traveling to every country that I have ever wanted to visit, and make it a trip of a lifetime. Countries would include Austria, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya, Sweden, Vietnam, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Czech Republic. There is so much to see and that money would help me to achieve it. I could easily live off the rest of the money until I found a stable job with income and live a great rest of my life.


    If you could have one celebrity come to THON, who would it be?

    This was a tough question so I decided to chose one guy and girl celebrity. The guy celebrity would be Jimmy Fallon in a heartbeat. The dude just knows how to have fun, and make everyone laugh. He would easily keep me entertained for the entire weekend. The girl celebrity I would bring is Daisy Ridley. She is just a fantastic human being, so I think she will be fantastic to hang with for 46 hours.


    What part of THON weekend are you most looking forward to?

    The part I am most looking forward to is the first time I begin to feel tired or my feet begin to hurt and looking toward the stands and seeing EMS in the front row cheering me on. I just know they will be there in force the entire weekend cheering us on every minute. I can’t wait to attempt to organize a dance or something with the stands, and for everyone to see my incredible dance moves for the weekend.

    Lydia Scheel

    Senior, Energy Business and Finance

    What is your favorite stretch?

    My go to stretch for THON weekend is the standing hamstring stretch. You put one leg forward and pop your foot up while sinking into your heel and kinda sticking your butt out. It’s great because the further you go, the better you can stretch your hamstrings, calves, and lower back.


    What is your fifth diamond?

    My fifth diamond is Optimism: the attitude of positivity. When we fear telling the truth, Optimism reminds us of our Honesty. When we feel weak, Optimism gives us Strength. When we feel inexperienced, Optimism makes us remember our unique Wisdom. When we feel incapable, Optimism makes us have Courage. Optimism gives us the confidence that, when it comes to finishing cancer, the best is yet to be.



    Vivek Thomas

    Senior, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

    What is your go to dance move THON weekend?

    My go to dance move is definitely going to be the entire “JuJu on that Beat” Choreography. The “Hit them folks” and “Dab” to be specific. It just goes with every kind of song and they are so much fun to do. Plus it gets most of the body parts involved, I am gonna try my best to get everyone else in on the dance too.


    What is your fifth diamond?

    My fifth diamond is Passion. There are 15,000 volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to raise money FTK. The main thing that we all have in common is that we are passionate. We are passionate about finding a cure, we are passionate about helping out all of the four diamonds families, we are passionate about everything we do.


    You could put the BJC on wheels. Where would you put THON?

    I would move the BJC to Hershey Medical Center. Due to their current medical state, a lot of the four diamonds kids who have been affected by pediatric cancer have not had the opportunity to come to the BJC and experience/enjoy THON Weekend. So if we brought THON to them, then they all could come and have a great time with the dancers.


    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by filling out the form below, or by emailing emsdirector@psu.edu.  Thanks!


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