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

Please consider donating to THON today! Any donation or share of this page is a step closer to finding a cure for cancer and giving children the chance to live out their dreams.

THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, is a year-long fundraising effort by 16,500 Penn State student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni supporters in the fight against childhood cancer. These 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 for THON to benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital in an effort to provide outstanding financial and emotional support to families affected and fund critical research to take our fight beyond central Pennsylvania and spread hope around the world. It is my hope that one day, every child will have the opportunity to live out their dreams. But until then, I want to continue to relieve the financial costs so that no family ever sees a medical bill.

My THON story…

THON has inspired me in numerous ways since I was first introduced to it as a 13-year-old in 2012 with my best friend (and possible THON 2019 dancing partner), Lauren Saello. That initial visit to Penn State and THON Weekend all those years ago left an indelible impression on me. I not only fell in love with the school, but I was especially moved by the energizing philanthropic effort. I can still say it has truly been one of the most influential experiences of my life so far. The sense of an unbreakable community, uplifting optimism, and pure gratification in raising money to help children fight pediatric cancer made searching for a cure seem less daunting. It was the first time I had that feeling of something being “bigger than myself”. THON is the only place I have found where my passion for dance, desire to help others, and joy of interacting with children blend together so perfectly. From that point on, THON weekend became an annual February tradition for Lauren and I, and it was ultimately the impetus of my future plans to attend Penn State.After attending THON for many years as a spectator, I was finally able to be involved as a student during freshman year. My dream come true!! I was elected as a member of the Dancer Relations Committee during freshman year (2016-2017), and sophomore year (2017-2018). In addition to being on a committee, I was involved in THON efforts through my dance organization, Volé. I took part in canning weekend trips through Volé for the last two years. I am honored to have recently been elected as Volé’s Family Relations Chair for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. This role entails interacting with a family who had a child fight cancer and continuing to establish the special bond between them and the Penn State and Volé communities. I could not be more excited to take on this role and to experience the magic of THON from a new perspective.As a way to culminate the continuous dedication and passion Lauren and I have had for THON and its mission over the last six years, we are hoping to raise enough money to be selected together as dancers for THON Weekend 2019. If you feel moved in anyway to help us reach our dreams, and more importantly, help children with cancer reach theirs, please consider donating or sharing our page today!


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