For those who have followed me for awhile, you've heard this story before.
There is one weekend at Penn State that resonates with me more than any other.
Its not a football weekend. It has nothing to do with sports, or partying, or your typical "college activists."
Its a weekend when thousands of students will spend countless hours at THON.
"What's a THON?"
"Did she misspell something?"
"I don't get it."
Don't worry. I'm here to explain.
Because I LOVE it.
THON is a 46 hour dance marathon.
Sounds simple, but it's so much more than that.
It's not just a weekend, it is a year-long effort by students to raise MILLIONS of dollars to help in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Through the weekend, hundreds of "dancers" will NOT sit down, NOT sleep, NOT stop for 46 hours.
But not at all the hardest part of the weekend.
The hardest and BEST part is seeing the fighters.
Some are not old enough to drive, some not old enough to hold a cup without a lid.
They're beaming. They're laughing. They're smiling as they throw a ball in your direction or squirt you with a water gun.
This is the weekend they live for.
A weekend without tubes and tests or the poking and prodding.
A weekend to be exactly what they are... a kid.
THON weekend is when I am most proud to be a Penn State graduate. The energy, the emotion, the happiness that radiates through the building is a feeling I wish I could carry with me everyday of my life.
I had the absolute honor of dancing my senior year. Let me tell you, 46 hours is a long time.
But to this day, anytime I think I can't do something, I can't run another mile, I'm too tired, my day was hard, all the meaningless, trivial annoyances of every day life...I think about the battle those kids fight every day. One they didn't sign up for.
Now THON is a very specific organization. That is why I've been actively involved in St. Jude fundraisers for years now.
I am honored to run for St. Jude in the 2017 Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon in Nashville!
I'd apologize for the ridiculously long post, but I'm not sorry for loving these causes.
If you made it through this whole post, I applaud you!
“One day we will dance in celebration.Until then, we dance for a cure.”
Our team wants to do more than run. We want to help run St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We're fundraising while we train for our race so we can make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Join us as we help run St. Jude!