DMAIG: Jessica Sallurday and Brittany Sharkey (2022)

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Jessica and Brittany are two amazing and dedicated THON volunteers. Read their story below: 
Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our IDC, DMAIG: Jessica Sallurday and Brittany Sharkey (2022), is 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 $190 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Health 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.
Jessica's Story

Hi there! My name’s Jessica & I’m a 2019 alum. I’ve been involved with THON since my freshman year; serving on committees, as a THON Chair, a 2019 dancer & most recently as a DMAIG Advocate. My passion for THON comes from losing my friend Nick to Leukemia when he was only 13 years old. I was 8 years old at the time & couldn’t offer him or his family much support. THON has given me the chance to both financially & emotionally support so many incredible families throughout their journey. I am constantly inspired by the resilience, love & courage of Four Diamonds families, Hershey staff & the THON community. After dancing in THON 2019, I knew I couldn’t part from something that had become such an important piece of my college experience. I joined DMAIG & did what I could to continue to support the families I had met. I attended THON 2020 & decided that if the opportunity presented itself, I would do it all again. I’m so excited to work with Brittany, a fellow ADPi & dancer alum, this year. Her love for the families is undeniable. Help us go for 92!

Brittany's Story

My name is Brittany, and I'm a Penn State and THON dancer alum! I went to PSU for both my undergrad and graduate degrees, and stayed involved in THON through it all. My sorority, ADPi, had 4 THON families I became close with as weekend Family Relations chair, and the impact they had on me and my experience was immeasurable. My first time dancing, it was the kids that kept me smiling all 46. And not just the kids themselves, but their entire families - seeing what THON and Four Diamonds means to them, how much they change the families' lives, continues to hit home for me. My sorority sister Jess is one of the most THON-dedicated people I've ever met, and the two of us would love nothing more than to continue fighting for a cure as alumni. Help us do 92 FTK!


DMAIG: Jessica Sallurday and Brittany Sharkey (2022) have been working tirelessly all year with the hopes of being selected to dance in THON Weekend 2022. 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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