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For those who are unfamiliar, Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance MaraTHON is a 46 hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that supports Four Diamonds. This is an organization determined to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research. Last year, THON raised $10.6 million for kids with cancer. Not only do they dive head first into the research component, families receive NO MEDICAL BILLS for the treatment that their child receives. This fully allows the families to focus on what’s important: their child.
As you may or may not know, Joey and I were co-coordinators of the Greensburg Salem’s 2nd annual Mini-THON - a small scale version of THON - and raised $22,000 during our senior year of high school. Since then, each of us has been actively involved with THON and Four Diamonds. I was a member of the Behrend Benefitting THON club at Penn State Behrend, where I participated as a dancer in our 24-hour For a Cure dance marathon and helped raise more than $57,000 during the 2018-2019 school year. Joey has been a Dancer Relations committee member the last 2 years at University Park, actively participating in events during THON weekend and throughout the school year. Her role in her committee was to care for the dancers during THON weekend to ensure that they had physical and emotional support to carry them through the weekend. Throughout the year, she learned important strategies to provide dancers with the best support possible for their 46-hour journey through THON.
Although we have both thoroughly enjoyed our THON experiences thus far, our goal is to be dancers at THON 2020. To do so, we need your help. As independent dancers, dancer positions are not guaranteed, but rather part of a lottery system - the more money you raise, the more “tickets” you get in the lottery.
Ever since starting this journey 4 years ago, dancing together at THON has always been our goal. It is the ultimate honor to be among those on the floor for all 46 hours of THON weekend. This won’t be possible without the endless support of those surrounding us. Please consider making a contribution and being a partner in the fight to end childhood cancer, so that no parent ever has to hear the words, "your child has cancer". No donation is too small and every little bit helps.