Jordan Pietrafitta and Rose McDaid

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Our Friendship

Hello friends and family, Jordan and Rose here! We met a few years ago when we were in the same THON organization.

We connected fast because of our excitement and passion for THON and have been best friends ever since. Our friendship is so special because we share so many aspects of life: THON, school, music, traveling, and sooo much more!

We're also roommates! (and they were roommates...)

We've both been involved with THON throughout our time at Penn State in many different ways and have both dreamed of someday being able to dance. When we both realized that we wanted to dance, we knew that it was something that we absolutely had to do together! 

We both have personal experiences and reasons why we THON and why being able to dance in THON 2020 would mean the world to us, which you can read more about below.

We are so grateful for all of you who are taking this journey with us this year and helping us raise money for a cause that so important and and close to both of our hearts. 

Rose's Story

I can't remember a time when THON and the Four Diamonds Fund wasn't a part of my life. I was originally introduced to THON when I went to middle school. In sixth grade I joined the Mini-THON committee at school and became extremely passionate about the cause. Throughout middle school I had the opportunity to serve on my Mini-THON committee as an executive chair and line dance leader.

I helped bring Mini-THON to my high school and continued to serve on the high school executive committee as the entertainment and line dance captain.

THON became truly personal to me when I was given the opportunity to perform at THON in 2012 with my baton twirling team.

 

While the performance was an amazing experience, my relationship with THON changed when I was waiting to go on the stage and a young girl who was a Four Diamonds child came up to me and told me that when she got better that she wanted to be a baton twirler. Having that short moment with her made me want to do everything in my power to make sure that the little girl who I met could grow up to live a better life.

THON was a big factor in choosing Penn State as a college. I knew that I wanted to play a bigger role THON and I was so excited to get to college and continue my THON journey. The fall of freshman year I decided to join a THON org and that is where I met my best friend Jordan!

With my org, I spent countless weekends going on fundraising trips and hanging out with our amazing Four Diamond's Families. This past year I had the chance to serve on a THON committee as a Dancer Relations Committee Member.

                        

As a DRCM I had three incredible dancers that I got to bond with and cheer on throughout the weekend. Every year I meet more families who remind me of why we raise money all year long. This past year I was able to interact with so many amazing families on the floor as a DRCM and a Penn State majorette and it was the most rewarding experience.
            

Dancing in THON has been a goal of mine for a long time, but being able to have such a close interaction with my dancers this past year solidified that goal.

To be able to give to this organization in a new way this year is so exciting and special to me and what makes it better is that I am going on this journey with my best friend. 💛

Jordan's Story

Although I haven't been involved in THON since I was a little girl, ever since I came to Penn State and realized what THON is, I knew that I wanted to be extremely involved.

I haven't personally been affected by childhood cancer, but after spending time with various THON families and witnessing how cancer affects kids and their families, I've wanted to do everything I possibly can to help. I got involved with THON through a special interest org my freshman year and have been passionate about it ever since.

I absolutely love spreading the word about THON to people outside of the Penn State community, and I received so many opportunities to do so on the executive board of my THON org. I hosted and went on a ton of fundraising trips, and I absolutely loved these opportunities and the opportunities I received to spend time with our THON families.

Everything I get to do with THON is an absolutely amazing experience for me; I get to raise money, with amazing groups of people, for all of the children who deserve the chance to live their lives, and I get to show how important and meaningful THON truly is.

I've spent multiple THONs in the stands, helping run organizations and connecting with other students, who are all attending THON for the same reason, to help kids and families affected by pediatric cancer.

I watched both my best friend and my boyfriend dance in THON, FTK, and there's nothing that I want to do more than dance for the kids.

We spend 46 hours without sleeping or sitting, but that's nothing compared to the amount of time that kids spend battling cancer and fighting for their lives.

It would mean the absolute world to me to dance as a senior in THON 2020 before I graduate, with my best friend. 💙

Thank you for reading, and we hope you consider making a donation to THON through us!!

Help us save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting our efforts to raise money for THONTM.

We are taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers, during our journey to independently dance in THON 2020, to raise funds and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer. Since 1977, THONTM has raised over $168 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital. Throughout our partnership, we have ensured that over 4,000 families have not seen a single medical bill. In addition, the local research that is being done is making a global impact so that one day, we will find a cure. Each February, THON's yearlong efforts and support for the families culminate in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon.

By supporting THON, you will be joining a community committed to conquering childhood cancer.


Jordan Pietrafitta and Rose McDaid have been working tirelessly all year with the hopes of being selected to dance in THON Weekend 2020. Independent Dancer Couples are dedicated individuals who set up their own fundraisers throughout the year, and with the support of friends and family, obtain tickets in a lottery system in the hopes of earning a spot as dancers in the Penn State Dance Marathon.
 

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