Emily returns to THON 2013!

Photo: Emily “Emma” Whitehead poses with Devin Schiaffino, Mike Pendleton, and Chelsea Slavin, members of her THON organization (PRSSA – Public Relations Student Society of America). Devin and Chelsea were two of the 700+ who participated as THON dancers and did not sleep or sit for 46-hours straight to raise money for pediatric cancer patients.

Words never can describe the magic of THON weekend. After we missed THON last year one of our main goals was “to get Emily to another THON”. And we did! It was so exciting to be back! The THON community was such a huge support system for us over the past few years and particularly over the past year. THON raised $12,374,034.46 which is incredible. Thank you to everyone who donated!! Thank you to our dancers, Chelsea and Devin, who stood for 46 hours (THON dancers (all 700+ of them) do not sleep or sit for 46 hours straight)! Enjoy the photos! And THANK YOU to everyone who purchased the Emily Believe magnets to benefit THON! If you would like one you can still order them here.

THON 2013 Begins TOMORROW!

We are so excited that THON begins TOMORROW! Why are we so excited? Here are some links that show how awesome THON is:

Our Discovering Diamonds video made in 2011 (made before Emily relapsed – she’s so little in some of the photos in the video!). The video was made to tell other families why they should be involved in THON:

Our personal photos from THON 2011 (she’s SO little!):

THON documentary:

Thank you so much for the THON support! We’ve had a bunch of messages/emails about how everyone is making or have made donations to THON! Some of you are asking for the following information:

1) Can I visit THON / Can you tell me how I can visit THON?

YES! THON is open to the public at the Bryce Jordan Center – no tickets are needed (the public is not allowed on the floor). However, the BJC fills up quickly and they often close it at times because it fills to capacity (more than 15,000 people!). If you visit you will understand why we say “THON cannot be described”.

Friday: THON begins at 6:00pm tomorrow – I don’t know what time doors open but I know it will fill up quickly for kick off.

Saturday: Probably the best time to go. The pep rally is in the evening and I think the BJC fills up several hours before the pep rally. So best time is tomorrow morning/afternoon.

Sunday: Be there by 8am if you want in at all! It ends at 4:00pm but it will fill to capacity by early morning. We speak during family hour between 1-2pm.

You can also watch THON live all weekend on the webcast:

2) How do I donate / Who do I credit my donation to?

GO TO: http://thon.org/
CLICK: The yellow DONATE NOW tab
CHOOSE: “Click to support the THON Organization or Dancer of your choice”
CHOOSE: “Public Relations Student Society of America” (this is Emily’s organization – you have to scroll more than halfway down)

Emily “Believe” Magnets

emily-whitehead-magnetI created this magnet just because I love the photo of Emily but once a few people saw it I started getting requests for orders. Then Emily said: “Hey! Maybe people can buy a magnet and we can donate the money to THON!” She always has the best ideas.

We will be donating money from the sale of the magnet to the Penn State Dance MaraTHON which raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Magnet size is 4″ x 5.5″. Please enter your address when checking out so we know where to send them! Magnets will be ordered next week and ship the week after.

Thank you!

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Note: You do NOT need a PayPal account to use the button if paying with a credit card. Once you click the button then click on Don’t Have a PayPal Account? which will be on the right hand side of the screen.

About THON: The Penn State Dance MaraTHON (affectionately known as THON) is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and is happening THIS WEEKEND! Since 1977, THON has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.