Following longstanding tradition for THON, the organization's executive committee announced the theme for THON 2019 before the Penn State Homecoming parade kicked off Friday evening.
This year's theme is “Shape the Moment”
“'Shape the Moment' represents what THON aims to provide to countless children and families battling childhood cancer,” according to a THON statement. “In the midst of a battle that may present many trying moments, THON is there to help provide moments that can be shaped into something beautiful. Behind those three words lies the ability to create your own experiences, lies the ability to see the light in even the darkest of times.”
Revealing the theme is always a major milestone in the journey toward THON. Next volunteers will look toward 100 Days ’til THON and the family carnival, where THON reveals its logo design each year.
“The Executive Committee is thrilled to announce the theme for THON 2019,” THON 2019 Public Relations Director Maddy Hughes said. “We hope this inspires our community to continue creating invaluable moments for our Four Diamonds Families and all those impacted by childhood cancer, and are excited for all the moments to come in THON 2019!”
The theme, as most, is representative of THON’s overall mission but will be especially prevalent throughout the journey to and during THON 2019.
“As a community, we will Shape The Moment. We will shape our darkest moments into our motivation, our lightest moments into our inspiration. We will shape this year into a moment that drives our fight. We will shape this year into a moment that takes us closer to a cure,” THON's statement further explained.
Keep an eye out for the THON float during the Homecoming Parade Friday night.
Year-round efforts to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund and its efforts to support pediatric cancer patient care and research will culminate with the 46-hour Dance Marathon, Feb. 15-17 at the Bryce Jordan Center.