Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.
In my time at Penn State, I have been heavily involved in THON. I have been a committee member a few times. First, as a Rules and Regulations committee member where I ensured the safety of the event that weekend. Then, I was a Dancer Relations Committee member. This job involves getting assigned a couple dancers to look out for throughout the weekend and make sure they make it to the end just like they had hoped- and my dancers did exactly that. I have also been involved financially, fundraising through my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta.
When I started volunteering, I thought that there was no way I would ever dance. The thought of it scared me. Why? Because it’s difficult. I blamed the thoughts on breaking my back when I was 15 and other medical reasons. But this past year I realized how terrible of a mindset that was. These kids that have been diagnosed with cancer are going through a pain way greater than anything that I will experience. Four Diamonds and THON helps out these families so much by ensuring that they will never see a hospital bill which is crazy to me. Crazy that so many college students can come together and raise the kind of money we do for this cause. That is why, for my Senior year, I want to be on the floor dancing with my best friend Megan.
Throughout the year, I will be fundraising to benefit THON in an effort to provide outstanding financial and emotional support and spread THON’s mission world-wide. It is my hope that one day, every child will have the opportunity to live out their dreams.
Since 1977, THON has raised over $157 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital, providing comprehensive care for 4,000 families and fund critical research to take our fight beyond central Pennsylvania and spread hope around the world. We work year-round to provide both financial and emotional support for our families, ensuring that they never have to face cancer alone.
I truly appreciate any support you provide, either by making a donation or by sharing my page on social media to spread THON’s mission.