Ten years ago, I was given the privilege to dance in THON 2003 for Penn State York. It was one of the most incredible experiences that I had while at Penn State.
I went on to be a moraler in 2004 and 2005 because I really understood what the Interfraternity/Panhellenic Dance Marathon was about. It wasn’t about the recognition of dancing or being on a committee and saying I did this.It was about being a part of something special — it was about being able to better the lives of the Four Diamonds children and their families.
I was disappointed to read the story titled “Some wary to voice criticisms of THON in face of ‘THON Culture’ ” about people in other great charitable organizations having negative feelings toward THON because they weren’t able to raise as much money for their cause.
My message to those people is this: Be extremely proud of what you are doing, for the people you are reaching. Every dollar makes an impact.
Please don’t ever have negative feelings toward other people that have the same mission as you, which is helping others.
Lastly, I drove five hours Sunday morning to celebrate THON 2013 with everyone else this weekend. I was one of the many that did not get in after standing out in the blistering cold.
I have nothing to complain about. Rules and Regulations did the best they could in the circumstance they were presented. I went to the HUB-Robeson Center and enjoyed every moment of my trip with the other students and alumni.
Class of 2005