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Hope From Coast to Coast 2022

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Jen Keefer

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Jen Keefer's Story



The Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) leads a passionate community of alumni who create and promote opportunities to raise awareness, volunteer time, and provide philanthropic support to champion the efforts of THON™. This year, I am joining alumni from around the world to participate in the 6th annual Hope for Coast to Coast fitness challenge! The virtual event takes place throughout the weeks leading up to THON and includes being active in the 46 days leading up to THON. I hope to also be a part of the in-person relay from the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey to the BJC leading up to THON Weekend to deliver letters from THON children at the hospital to the dancers dancing for all 46 hours! The funds we raise help support THON, the Kids, and their families during their battle, while bringing us closer to our ultimate goal -- finding a cure for all childhood cancers.


Short Bio & What THON Means to Me

I graduated from Penn State in 2018, and I recently graduated with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Clarkson University.  Throughout my time at PSU, I was lucky enough to be a part of two amazing organizations that supported THON - PSU Greater Allegheny THON and Kinesiology Club.  In these organizations, we worked year-round towards this cause, including many pancake breakfasts, pasta dinners, bake sales, and canning weekends.  



At Penn State, THON weekend was always my favorite weekend every year.  THON works to help all of the kids out there fighting their hardest battles and provide support to their families through these extremely tough times.  In its simplest terms, THON is a 46 no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon for the kids.  THON is also that feeling you get when you walk into the Bryce Jordan Center and experience 15,000+ people united in the fight against pediatric cancer.  THON gives kids fighting the toughest battles a weekend to have fun and just be a kid with thousands of people who are cheering them along every step of the way. THON makes a difference in the lives of many kids battling pediatric cancer and their families, and I am so happy to continue supporting the cause in my years as an alumni! :)



Introducing the sixth annual Hope From Coast to Coast 2022 presented by the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG)!

In 2016, Hope From Coast to Coast (HFC2C) was formed by DMAIG to provide an outlet for Penn State Alumni to fundraise for the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON). THON is the largest student run philanthropy that fundraises all year, culminating in a 46 hour Dance Marathon in February. Alumni would fundraise starting in November until THON Weekend. To celebrate their fundraising efforts, participants would run/walk as many miles as they could during the week leading up to THON weekend. Since it's inception, alumni have run/walked well over 3,000 miles and donated over $60,000 to THON through the HFC2C event.

This year, participants can get involved in Hope From Coast to Coast through our NEW in-person event or from around the world through our virtual event.

New this year: In-Person Relay from Hershey to State College! This year, Hope From Coast to Coast is hosting a relay from Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey to the Bryce Jordan Center the days leading up to THON Weekend (i.e., February 17-18, 2021). Participants will carry letters for the dancers from the children at the hospital and will run three legs of three to five miles. The top 15 fundraising individuals will be selected for the team on January 23, 2022. In-person participants can join the "In-Person Participants" team to start fundraising today!

The Virtual 46-Day Challenge! Supporters from around the world can once again participate in the Hope From Coast to Coast 46-day challenge. As a community, Hope From Coast to Coast is setting a goal to collectively run or walk 3,000 miles in the 46 days leading up to THON Weekend (i.e., the average distance from coast to coast). Additionally, every participant is challenged to run or walk 135 miles in these 46 days, the same distance as the in-person relay from Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey to the Bryce Jordan Center. Make sure to sign up before the 46-day challenge begins on January 2, 2022.

You can participate through a donation or by signing up to fundraise. You can fundraise as a team or as an individual.  All participants will hear more about the virtual challenge in December 2021.

Also, be on the lookout for our participant toolkit, coming soon!

So whether you are donating or fundraising, your participation makes a huge impact. All donations support the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) and will be donated on Sunday, February 20, 2022 during THON Weekend 2021.

Join our Facebook Group! Connect with Penn State Alumni who love THON just as much as you do.

Please visit our website dmaig.org/hfc2c for more information.

For any questions, reach out to the HFC2C team at [email protected].


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