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Headbands of Hope: Celebrating Five Years with Five Important Lessons

April 25th will be the five year anniversary of my college startup, Headbands of Hope. For every headband sold, one is given to a child with cancer. I was inspired to start Headbands of Hope after an internship with a wish-granting organization. I discovered kids losing their hair to chemotherapy and wanting to wear headbands […]

Jess Ekstrom keynotes the largest student-run philanthropy event in the world

15,000 students in one room for 48 hours. No sitting, no sleeping—just dancing. Nope, it’s probably not what you think. It’s THON. Penn State’s IFC and Panhellenic organizations put on the largest student-run philanthropy event in the world each year. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $101 million benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund at […]