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As a member of Penn State’s class of 2019, I look back and feel grateful to have been a part of something as important as THON. THON shaped my four years at PSU, and I hope to continue contributing to this organization throughout my life.
After joining Kappa Alpha Theta in the fall of my freshman year, I knew THON fundraising was something I wanted to take part in. I felt inspired to fight for a cure for this horrific disease, which has affected so many people I love, and taken too many of their lives. By the time THON 2016 was over, I knew I needed to have an even greater impact as a sophomore.
For THON 2017, I had the opportunity to be a Dancer Relations Committee Member on Karli Popko’s Committee, Snap Crackle Popko. The mission of the Dancer Relations Committee is to serve as the primary liaisons to student volunteers selected to dance THON Weekend. This Committee ensures the safety and well-being of the dancers by coordinating all logistical aspects of the dancer experience, as well as training and educating Committee Members on providing emotional and physical support to every dancer throughout THON Weekend.
Again in THON 2018, I dedicated my time as a Dancer Relations Committee Member for Claire Picard’s Committee, Claire Jordans. This was an incredible experience and by the end of THON 2018 I knew I wanted to pursue a leadership role in my senior year.
As a senior, I was selected as the Dancer Logistics Captain for Dancer Relations 2019. In this role, I had the opportunity to facilitate change based on data from the THON 2018 Dancer Survey, author the THON 2019 Dancer Survival Guide, and pair each organization or Independant Dancer Couple with a Dancer Relations Committee to care for them THON Weekend. I also had the distinct privilege of leading a Committee of 35 incredible Dancer Relations Committee Members.
Join us this year in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THON. 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 $168 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.