From the BK to the SK
 
So this is a long overdue post, but this weekend is a weekend that makes me so incredibly proud to be a Penn State graduate: IT'S THON WEEKEND!
For those of you who don't know, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. It is a 46-hour no sit, no sleep marathon that raises money and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.
Thon weekend is unlike any experience that I've had anywhere in the world, and the students, people, families, children and friends I've met through Thon are unlike anyone I've ever met in the world. 
One of the reasons I love Thon so much, aside from the sense of family and love and overall inspiration that reaches every corner of the Bryce Jordan Center Thon weekend, is that these children whom you're raising money for, whom you're fighting for and whom you're standing for - these children teach us all so much about life. They teach us about what it means to smile, to be courageous, to be strong and to never give up hope. Just when you think your life cannot get any worse, just when you think that your world was turned upside down, you see the smiles on these children's faces, and you hear the soul and innocence that fills their laughter, and you just remember to be thankful. You remember to be grateful. You remember that no matter how bad things may seem, there is always and will always be a reason to smile.
You'll often hear a Penn State student say why he or she Thons, and you are inspired with each person you meet.
I thon for the dancers, I thon for the families, and I thon for the kids. Always. But I thon for my brothers, and I thon for myself - a constant reminder that no matter what happens in life, we have one another, and I couldn't feel luckier to have them by my side through it all. And soon enough, I'll have a new sister, and I know that no matter how dim things get, we'll always have one another. There will always be a reason to smile.
I tend to get very emotional during my posts, and Thon always is something that makes me incredibly emotional. I am so proud to have been a part of Thon and am grateful for all of the memories I made, all the friends I made, all of the people I met and all of the people I helped. I am proud to be a Penn State student, and I am proud of all of those students who continue to work hard and come together for such an incredible cause.
Thon starts today, February 19, at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday at 4 p.m. It isn't too late to donate. So please, if you can, donate now and help to make a difference in the life of a child.
One day we will dance in celebration, but until then we will dance for a cure.
 


Dad
02/18/2011 07:57

What can I say other than I am so very very proud of the person you have become.

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