Bailey MacDowell and Colleen Marron

Join us on February 21, 2020


Make a difference in the life of a child.

Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Bailey MacDowell and Colleen Marron, are taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers 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.
We were randomly assigned as roommates in the Fall of 2016 and have remained roommates ever since. Despite Colleen’s medical withdrawal that first semester, we picked up and continued where we left off the following fall when Colleen returned to campus. Bailey is a senior studying Security and Risk Analysis and Colleen is a junior in Civil Engineering. However different our personalities and chosen career paths are, we have always had our common interest and avid support of THON and its mission. We decided to come together to participate as an Independent Dancer Couple for our last year together at Penn State.
Colleen has long been inspired by Penn State’s THON, so much so that she and her sister started the first ever MiniTHON at their high school in Connecticut, which successfully raised over $8,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund. Excited to be at Penn State, Colleen immediately became involved with THON itself. She was an active and involved member of a Rules and Regulations Committee for THON 2019, and looks forward to the chance of being part of an Independent Dancer Couple for THON 2020!
Bailey is highly involved in a variety of organizations on campus - she is the President of Women in Information Sciences and Technology, a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy, Music Director of the Thespians benefit concert MasquerAIDS 2020, and more. Her love for Penn State University led her to discover the admirable mission of THON, and she was driven to contribute by being a member of a Dancer Relations committee as a Junior. By supporting dancers during THON 2019, she was inspired by their commitment to philanthropy and motivated to be part of an Independent Dancer Couple for THON 2020. She can't wait to work with her friend Colleen to spread the inspirational message of THON, and raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
By supporting THON, you will be joining a community committed to conquering childhood cancer.


We 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.