John Barton

Band Together

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Every kid deserves a chance at a childhood.

I've known about THON ever since I was a child, and I was lucky enough to be a participant in a MiniTHON in high school, which we called "SalsTHON." I am so honored and lucky to be able to participate in such an amazing organization, even if it is just as a fundraiser. Maybe someday in the future I'll be able to participate as a dancer? We'll see...

Some of the most impactful moments in high school for me was learning of my fellow Salesian brothers falling ill to cancer or to any other ailment. I remember how the school came together so amazingly, and it was in those moments especially that I felt the brotherhood that we speak so much about. So now I want to bring that to Happy Valley!

I know I won't be the first one to try my best to make a difference...we all try every day to change the world, at least a little bit. But THON gives us the ability to change the world in a big way, in terms of both the world at large and the specific worlds of the kids we are dancing for. 

By donating to this page, you will support not only this amazing cause, and my efforts to help stop childhood cancer, but you will be supporting the Blue Band and Penn State's Fall Athletic Bands. We need your help to prove to the rest of the community that the band friends and family are the best part of the Penn State network. We Are!