Abigail Roe and Paige MacConnell

Join us on February 15, 2019





Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.

Hey there! My name is Abigail Roe and I am a senior broadcast journalism major at Penn State University Park. For the past two years I have been active in THON as a member on the Rules and Regulations committee. On R&R, it was my job as well as my fellow committee members' job to ensure safety throughout the Bryce Jordan Center during THON weekend. Being a part of R&R was an incredible experience in which I made many friends and memories. The main reason I have decided to join efforts to dance this year is because of my mom. She was recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and has been undergoing many intense chemo treatments. It is awful seeing her go through this, and it sucks that kids so young have to deal with cancer just as she does. Like I said, everone is affected by cancer and this is how it affects me. I THON for my mom, for all the kids. For families like mine that endure this journey through the battlefield ... I accompany them in this fight.

Hi! My name is Paige MacConnell and I’m a sophomore economics major at Penn State University Park. I got involved with THON my first year at Penn State by joining a Rules and Regulations Committee. By joining a committee, I got so much more involved in THON and it truly did make my freshman experience one of a kind.

The reasons we THON are countless. We THON for brighter days, for families past and present. We THON for laughter, for days beaming with hope and faith. We THON for moments like this, permeated with happy tears and goosebumps. But most importantly, we THON for our little lions. For in helping them, they in turn help us to see what life is truly about. To dance in THON is something we hold close to our hearts, and without your support it would not be possible. Thank you for your consideration and efforts to help us in this journey, all for our little lions.

Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THONTM. Together, we are 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.
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 funding critical research to take this 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.


We have been working tirelessly all year with the hopes of being selected to dance in THON 2019. Independent Dancer Couples are dedicated individuals who set up their own fundraisers throughout the year, and with the support of friends and family, will obtain tickets in a lottery system in the hopes of earning a spot as dancers in the Penn State Dance Marathon. With your contribution, you will bring us one step closer to being able to take a stand against childhood cancer during THON Weekend 2019.




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