Therapists, Children’s Hospital patients say thank you in song

March 04, 2020

For months, music therapists and patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital pored over lyrics, banged bongos and strummed guitars – all in preparation for their big moment.

They got it at THON 2020, when a group of them took the stage to say thanks with a song in front of a roaring crowd at Penn State's University Park campus. This year, it was their own version of Imagine Dragons’ “Believer.”

Songwriting is a tradition at the annual event, which benefits Four Diamonds and the Children’s Hospital.

“Back in the 90s, so many families were talking to us about what THON meant to them and how much they appreciated everything the students were doing for them,” said Jan Stouffer, a board certified music therapist at Hershey Medical Center, who helped work on the song. “We thought what better way to say thank you than to write a song about it.”

This is the 10th time the music therapists and their patients have produced a song for THON.

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Last Updated March 04, 2020