Dominik Wlodarczyk and Ani Greenspan

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

 


Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THONTM. Together, Dominik Wlodarczyk and Ani Greenspan

are taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 almuni supporters in the fight against childhood cancer. Ouryear-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.


Dominik Wlodarczyk and Ani Greenspan 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 Dominik Wlodarczyk and Ani Greenspan one step closer to being able to take a stand against childhood cancer during THON Weekend 2019.

 

MEET YOUR DANCERS

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ani Greenspan and I am a senior at PSU. After graduating Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in 2015, Penn State was an exciting next step for me. The first time I fell in love with THON was when I was seven years old, watching my oldest sister as a dancer. I fell in love with it again four years later as I watched my middle sister dance for 46 hours. But, it was not until my freshman year at Penn State, when I met our THON families and stood alongside the Penn State community for 46 hours straight that I realized exactly what THON meant to me. THON means something different to everyone, but THON to me is HEART. It is seeing the smiling faces of the THON children as they run around the BJC on THON weekend. It is standing in the stands cheering on your friends and knowing that you all did everything you could to make a difference in the lives of those smiling faces. THON to me is HURT. It is tears, and struggling. And it is lonely, painful and hard, but THON to me is also HOPE. It is pushing when you do not want to push anymore. It is fighting for those who can’t, and it is dancing until one day we can dance in celebration.Throughout my four years at PSU, I have had the honor to be not only a member, but also the President of Alpha Sigma Alpha, a sorority dedicated to helping fight pediatric cancer, raising over $227,900 in the 2018 marathon alone. Dancing in THON has been a dream of mine. 

 
For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Dom Wlodarczyk and I’m a senior at Penn State University. I graduated from Plymouth-Whitemarsh high-school in June of 2015. THON was one of the deciding factors in why I chose to attend Penn State. Throughout my life my mom has always stressed the importance of giving back to those in need. While at Penn State, I joined Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity where I took over as the Head THON chair and eventually managed over 130 brothers as the President. In 2017, our organization helped raise over $217,000, contributing to the $10 million THON total. In addition to overseeing and managing our fundraising efforts, I was able to develop a very special relationship with our THON family. Like many THON children, Mason Smith was forced to grow up with Leukemia and deal with unthinkable hardships. Yet, when I first met Mason back in 2016, it was almost impossible to understand how someone who has been through so much had nothing but happiness and excitement in his eyes. From that point on, I knew that THON & the Smith family would always have a special place in my heart. Throughout my time at Penn State, I’ve been fortunate to be able to see Mason several times a year, have bi-weekly chats with the family and support them with anything they need. After standing all 46 hours in the stands during my first THON back in 2016, dancing in THON has always been a dream of mine.

 

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