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Dear friends and family ~
It has been bittersweet to finish out my last year at Penn State as coach of the Club Field Hockey team. I have met so many of my closest friends on this team and couldn't imagine my four years here without these girls. Both on and off the field, we have shared some of our best college memories together. Many of these have been during THON events... one of my favorite moments last year was standing in the BJC with the PSBCFHC squad playing catch phrase at 3AM.
There are no words that can describe that feeling you get during those 46 hours. It is impossible to understand, until you are standing in the BJC looking out at the family’s, orgs, and student volunteers. I am BEYOND excited to represent this team as a FHC Dancer for THON 2020 and stand for the 46 hours alongside my fellow teammate Shannon Susi. Cancer has impacted each of us in different ways, and our mission is to raise support and awareness so that one day we can dance in celebration of a cure. I have spent the last four years imagining myself walking into the BJC through the human tunnel and am so excited to add “dancing” to the ways I’ve contributed to this amazing cause.
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.
Here’s a little of my own THON background... my freshman year I was on a THON hospitality committee. This is when I truly learned about the impact that fundraising has on Four Diamond Families and all of the amazing people that make THON happen. Sophomore year, I was a dancer relations committee member (CM), where I was assigned to one of the 700+ dancers who I got to support throughout the whole weekend. And then junior year I was on an operations committee (OPP!) which gave me a new perspective on all the “behind the scenes” work that goes into preparing for the 46-hour dance maraTHON! Last but not least, this year I am on a special events committee! My time as a Penn Stater and the accumulation of four years of these experiences has prepared me to last the 46 hours.
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 am fundraising on behalf of my organization benefitting THON to offset the costs of treatment that insurance cannot cover, expenses that improve the welfare of kids, and fund critical research in pursuit of finding a cure. I am committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer as well as building lasting relationships with the Four Diamonds families, and it is my hope that one day every child has the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams.
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. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.
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.