THON 2015 - Empower The Dreamers
Graduation Year: 2015
Minors: History and Environmental Inquiry
What has been your involvement with Ayuda and THON?
I began my involvement with THON as a Morale Committee Member my freshman year, soon after I found Ayuda and was welcomed into the Ayuda family. My sophomore year I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the Special Projects board members. I worked closely with Jessie to bring our organization closer together. Junior year I served as part of the Family Relations team with Anthony Potter and was also a Rules and Regulations Captain. We were so lucky to be paired with our amazing family, the Gora’s this year. I was able to continue my relationship with the Gora’s my senior year as I again served as a part of the Family Relations team. I was also incredibly blessed to be chosen as a Supply Logistics Captain and one of Ayuda’s dancers!
Why did you choose to apply to dance in THON?
I knew the second that I met the Gora’s that I wanted to dance in THON. I had watched many of my friends selflessly stand for 46 hours for a cause so much bigger than any one of us, and I knew that it was something that I also wanted to do. Having the chance to represent the organization that brought me so many lifelong friends, beautiful memories, and endless joy with the Gora’s gave me the drive to want to stand in the fight against pediatric cancer.
What did dancing in THON mean to you?
Dancing in THON was the perfect way to give back to an organization that had given me so much during my four years at Penn State. THON, the Gora’s and Ayuda taught me what it means to have perseverance and to live life to the fullest. I am forever grateful for the amazing opportunities THON gave me, and the incredible and selfless people that I met along my THON journey.
Wrap up your 46 hours in one sentence.
You can do anything you set your mind to with a little bit of inspiration from Ay, chicken noodle soup, and bop-it, never give up.
What are you doing now/once you graduate?
I am currently a 6th grade teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina.
I am lucky enough to still get together with the Gora’s and the other Ayuda members whenever I am back in Pennsylvania. It is incredible to know that these people will always be my family.