Natalie Tafoya and JoLynn Harper

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​Help Natalie and JoLynn dance in THON 2021!

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Hello everyone! We are so excited to share this experience with you in our efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer! For the past few years, both of us have dedicated our support to THON and every single child that has had to fight this terrible disease. Since freshman year of college, both of us have eagerly been waiting for the opportunity to dance in THON 2021! We would be so appreciative of your help and support in our fight against childhood cancer. We both wanted to give you a little bit of information about who we are in addition to how important it is for us to raise funds and awareness for this amazing cause.

Natalie's Story:

Back in 2014, Camp Hill High School began its journey with the start of our very first Mini-THON. I was immediately thrilled about the amazing organization. I was able to meet with many like-minded students and staff who all had a passion to help others and find a cure for childhood cancer. When deciding on which college I wanted to attend, there were many factors that I had considered - one of them was finding an organization where I could make a difference. Four years and almost an alumni later, I am honored and proud to say that THON was the main reason I chose Penn State University.  It gave me the opportunity to continue to fight this fight as I immediately joined a THON committee and found exactly where I was meant to be. 

As I continue to get more and more involved in THON, I decided to pursue my dream to dance as a senior here at Penn State. Being considered to dance for THON 2021 has already been such an amazing opportunity for not only me, but for everyone I am chasing this dream for. THON provided me with the opportunity to meet and become close friends with some amazing people. Someone that has become a part of my heart was a strong and fearless friend, Lily Jordan. Lily was apart of the THON community because as she was beginning 7th grade, she was diagnosed with a horrible and aggressive form of cancer called Osteosarcoma. I was lucky enough to be a part of Lily's life through Camp Hill Mini-THON and stayed friends after I headed to college. She truly changed my life in ways I cannot explain and taught me find the best in every situation. Unfortunately, Lily lost her battle against cancer on September 21st, 2020 and I want to continue spreading her legacy as I fight to find a cure for this horrible disease. I am so thankful for this opportunity and I would love your support for a cause that means so much to JoLynn and myself. 

JoLynn's Story:

As soon as I got to Penn State, I knew THON was something I wanted to be part of. As a freshman, I had heard about joining a THON committee as a way to get involved in the school and meet new people. I was not prepared for the life-changing experiences these committees would provide me. I was a member of two Dancer Relations committees throughout my time as a Penn State student. As a Dancer Relations committee member, you are responsible for providing support to the dancers who are on their feet in the Bryce Jordan Center for the entire 46 hours. Both years, I was amazed at the strength, determination and love for this cause that my dancers had. They were passionate about THON and doing their part in the fight against childhood cancer. I immediately knew that if I had the chance, I wanted to do exactly the same. In my remaining years as a student, I experienced THON in a different way as a member of my sorority. I was able to interact with THON children and families and see what this cause can do on a personal level. Hearing our THON children's stories and how it effected them and their families is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Having the chance to give back to these people is an irreplaceable feeling. 

So, here's our chance! Natalie and I appreciate your love and support as we do our part to fight back against childhood cancer. We are so grateful to be part of this community that provides for children and families battling this horrible disease. Thank you! #WeAre 

Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our IDC, Natalie and JoLynn, 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 $180 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.
 

Natalie and JoLynn have been working tirelessly all year with the hopes of being selected to dance in THON Weekend 2021. Independent Dancer Couples are dedicated individuals who set up their own fundraisers throughout the year, and with the support of friend 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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