"Those who do not believe in magic will never find it"
- Roald Dahl
Why I THON…
There is something to be said for those of us who are still able to find traces of magic in even the darkest of times; for those who never lose faith in our ability to achieve the impossible. When I came to Penn State, I thought magic was only a product of fairytales; that logic outweighed miracles. I believed this; until I found THON, or rather until THON found me. There is a reason why THON cannot be described to those who have never experienced it. The answer is simple: THON is magic. The feeling of 16,500 student volunteers united so that one day we can celebrate a world without childhood cancer is one that cannot be captured in any story, post or video. The sound of a child ringing the bell at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to signify their last day of treatment is one that will forever be the main reason why I THON.
This year, I am incredibly honored to serve as the THON 2019 Volunteer Safety Director. Over the past three years, I have been so incredibly blessed to be a part of an organization that has made an impact on so many children and families. In a family’s darkest times, THON has given them hope. It has been a safe haven for kids to just be kids. Throughout my time on Rules and Regulations, I have recognized the need to provide a safe environment for families, THON volunteers and all other supporters. This environment is not only necessary at our events, but also in our fundraising methods. I wanted to be a Director to use my knowledge to better Rules and Regulations and THON as a whole. In my short time at Penn State, THON has changed my life. I can only hope to give back to this organization for the incredible experiences it has provided me. I am so humbled to have been given this position and hope that together, we can look toward a future with more birthdays, more smiles and more laughs.
This past year, I was lucky enough to be selected to be a Rules and Regulations Volunteer Safety Captain. My position, Online Giving, entailed facilitating the final Fundraising Outreach Canning Weekend and evolved into launching DonorDrive as the new peer to peer fundraising platform for THON. Aside from my responsibilities on my Captain Committee, I had the absolute privilege of leading thirty dedicated, passionate and incredible Committee Members. Our Committee, The JESStice League, was dedicated to learning how to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in the Bryce Jordan Center throughout THON 2018.
Words cannot describe how lucky I felt to lead this Committee. These thirty people could make even the most stressful day fun. They taught me so much about what it means to be a leader and I am so proud of everything they have accomplished. I truly could not have asked for a more inspiring group of people!