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Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.
Ashley's journey with THON began in high school with Governor Mifflin's Mini-THON. Through her active involvement with Mini-THON, she had the opportunity to meet children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Because of Ashley's passion for Mini-THON, she chose to come to Penn State in the hopes of getting involved in THON to continue working for this mission. Her freshman year she got involved through the Women's Club Water Polo THON organization. She will never forget standing in the BJC stands for 40 of the 46 hours and feeling overwhelmed by the magic occurring around her. By her sophomore year, she wanted to get more involved by becoming a THON volunteer. Ashley joined a Rules and Regulations THON committee and worked all year to ensure the safety of the event. Ashley's junior year she continued volunteering year-round for THON as an OPPerations committee member. After three years of working with THON, Ashley was able to witness kids having the chance to just be kids for once. Because of this, Ashley chose to work for the SeriousFun Children's Network in the summer of 2018 at a camp called Flying Horse Farms. This Network was founded by Paul Newman and serves children living with serious illnesses (cancer, sickle cell anemia, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, and many others), and brings them to camp for one week. Ashley was privileged to spend the summer witnessing the transformation that happens when kids have the chance to forget about their illness for a week. For one week these kids have the chance to leave their illness and the hospital walls behind. They get to laugh, be silly, get messy, form friendships, make their own decisions, leap out of their comfort zone, dance, create fun memories, and it's all free of charge. The kids Ashley met inspire her every single day, and are a huge reason why Ashley would be honored to dance in THON 2019. Ashley wants to dance for every kid whose childhood has been taken away by an illness like cancer. Ashley feels it would be a true privilege to spend all 46 hours in the BJC this year as a dancer.
Please support Ashley and Brianne in their efforts to make sure that every kid can live their dream and that one day we will dance in celebration - until then we will dance for a cure.