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It is important to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting. - Dumbledore
This year, I have decided to make the fight personal.
When I was 8 years old, my classmate's little sister was diagnosed with leukemia. I couldn't understand how someone so young could have such an aggressive illness. It was unfair and it made me very angrand donate it to a wig-making charity. I got made fun of and constantly confused for a boy, but I didn't let it upset me too much because I knew that cutting my hair had been my choice, I didn't lose it due to treatments like many others. I recognized that I was extremely lucky to have a little bit of teasing as my main concern.y, so I began looking for ways I could help her and other kids with cancer. For my birthday, I asked that all of my friends and family make donations to the Ronald McDonald House in lieu of gifts and I decided that I wanted to cut my hair
Since then, cancer has touched my life and the lives of those around me countless times. One of the main reasons I'm still fighting is to honor my friend Logan. When we were 15, they found a 6 cm mass on Logan's brain and another tumor on his spine. He had stage 4 glioblastoma. Our dads had grown up together and so had we, camping and fishing every summer with the rest of our tight-knit friend group. His diagnosis and the aggressive treatments that followed were strenuous both on his body and on the hearts of his loved ones. He received 34 proton and photon radiation treatments everyday that ranged from 3-4 hours, underwent 7 surgeries, received chemotherapy every 2 weeks for over a year, and more.
For 17 months his tumor was stable and Logan wasted no time in living his life to the fullest. He displayed a strength and perseverance that is rare in most adults, let alone a 16 year old. He laughed, joked, and travelled - never once losing his passion for life. Sadly, on May 20, 2015 at 6:45am, Logan's fight ended. He was only 17 years old. Even though he is no longer with us, Logan's legacy lives on. His bravery and resilience during his long fight has inspired many to keep fighting, myself included.
Everyone deserves to have the promise of a tomorrow, and that is why my friend Anmol and I are fundraising in order to try and stand for 46 hours in February. We will stand for those who can't. Every cub should have the chance to grow up and become a Nittany Lion. That is why I went to THON as a spectator for 40 hours as a freshman and want to stand as a dancer for 46 as a senior.
The money raised on behalf of THON offsets the costs of treatment that insurance cannot cover, expenses that improve the welfare of kids, and funds critical research in pursuit of finding a cure. We are committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer.
When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. Along with 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni, we are fundraising to support more than 4,000 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital.
$60 covers one hour of Child Life Coverage
$150 covers one day of outpatient treatment for Leukemia
$750 covers one experiment at Penn State Children's Hospital in search of a cure
Your contribution will fund innovative research that will not only enhance treatment for children in Pennsylvania but is also giving hope to childhood cancer patients worldwide! Together, with every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter, we can spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the lives of children nationwide.