By: Morisa Young
This past weekend, Feb. 16- 18, the members of the PRSSA THON committee made their way to the Bryce Jordan Center to see their yearlong efforts come together.
PRSSA THON was fortunate to have two members, Mora Fetterolf and Kristi Chan, represent the organization this year. They both agree that their favorite part of the experience was seeing all of the Four Diamond families, including The Whiteheads – the Four Diamonds family paired with PRSSA.
The families help remind the dancers why they were standing for 46 hours and showed how Penn State comes together as one community in the fight against pediatric cancer.
“You realize that nothing else matters besides the kids,” Fetterolf said.
Members from the stands also had the opportunity to go on the floor to visit the dancers for additional support, which Fetterolf believes helped her get through the tough times of THON.
Chan explained that her main key for dancing through the weekend was a positive mindset and staying hydrated.
Overall, Penn State students raised $10,151,663.93 for the Four Diamonds, the sole beneficiary of THON. This helps to ensure that families never have to see a medical bill and can therefore focus solely on the health of their child.
Co-chairs, Carolyn Cushwa and Morisa Young, are proud of the dancers on the floor and the members in the stands. The yearlong efforts of the committee did not go unnoticed and they are excited to see what next year brings as they look towards THON 2019.