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THON is one of those few events that I cannot put into words. The beauty, inspiration and MAGIC that is seen and felt THON weekend is indescribable.
That feeling when you walk onto the floor is like no other. You witness stands filled to brim full of future innovators, scholars, educators and roll models; people who will one day, change the world.
You see the kids. You see the happiness and joy in their eyes as they experience a day that many of them look forward to more than holidays. A day that we celebrate them, and all their accomplishments fighting against a wicked disease no child should ever have to experience.
You watch as families engage with their fellow families, supporters, and students of Penn State they don’t even know, but have the worlds most amount of gratitude for.
THON is a weekend where all things put aside, Penn Staters come together in unity as one big family, in hopes to find a cure for pediatric cancer. For a day, when no family ever hears “your child has cancer,” EVER again.
For the past two years, I have been involved in THON since the second I heard about it. Coming to a large school like Penn State, I never thought I would ever feel at home, or feel comfortable being around so many new faces. That all changed when I was chosen to be apart of the Dancer Relations committee my freshman year, lead by my life changing captain, Jake McGeehan. The lessons and passion I have learned from Jake, is again, one of the many reasons I am involved in THON.
The year after, I was again chosen to be on the Dancer Relations committee, lead by Cella Capuco. Cella gave me a second chance at the greatest feeling one can ever experience. Thanks to Cella and Jake, I have pushed myself as a person, and supporter, a student, and a friend. Because of the both of them, I have met life long friends, that I will, and always will, consider family.
This year, I was chosen to be apart of Dan Brosius and Caroline O’Rorke’s Special Events Commitee! So far, this committee has shown me nothing but support, love, and the true meaning of why we all THON. It has been a great semester with these incredible people, and it is far from over!
As well as being apart of Special Events, my best bud Brian and I, will be fundraising as an Independent Dance Couple. In our efforts, we will be raising money in support of THON and the Four Diamonds Foundation, in the hopes of being chosen to dance in THON 2020!!
On behalf of us both, we THANK you for all your donations, but mostly for your love and support during this exciting time! I’m at loss for words for what Penn Staters are capable of when we bond together, and even more astounded by how willing people are to help us in our fight for a cure!
I THON for: more smiles, more giggles, more happiness, more birthdays, more future Nittany lions, future educators, future leaders, and for futures beyond belief.
Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THON. This year, I am taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni supporters in the fight against childhood cancer. Our year-long efforts culminate in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon each February to celebrate our survivors, remember those we’ve lost, and take a stand--all in hopes of one day dancing in celebration of a cure.
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.