This past week I experienced my second THON. Just like last year, it was life-changing. Instead of joining a committee like last year, I was a THON chair for my sorority, Delta Zeta. This allowed me to devote my time to stand with my sisters and focus on fundraising for them. I was able to stand with them for 40 of the 46 hours. Our theme this year was "Dance like its the 90s," and I sure did! Cancer cannot touch this! Although I can't really feel like my legs today or shout at the top of my lungs, it was worth it all for the kids.
The pain I experienced was honestly terrible. I could barely stand with 6 hours left and didn't think I was going to make it, but with everyone by my side, I felt invincible. I pushed past my knees buckling, my feet burning, my legs uncontrollably swelling, all for the kids. The pain I was feeling is nothing compared to the suffering these kids endure on a day to day basis. They are my motivation today and every day. I reminded myself why I was there and kept on pushing through.
I hit many lows during those 40 hours, but thanks to Queen and my best friends, I got through. When times were tough and the pain was at its worst, I put my headphones in and put "Don't Stop Me Now" on repeat. I danced like a mad woman and looked around the BJC at the crowd. We were all dancing and still going strong. No pain or lows could ever stop me now.
I screamed at the top of my lungs for every song that was played, even if it was the fifth time "1985" was on. I even had an interview today that I had to do with absolutely no voice, but did I care? No. Because it was all for the kids. I wouldn't have wanted to sing and dance with anyone else but my best friends. I wish I could replay this weekend over and over again. It was the best time ever, especially when Mason Ramsey appeared on stage and yodeled as if his life depended on it.
Between playing heads up with the boys in Sigma Pi to eating chicken baskets at 3 A.M., I wouldn't change a thing. I am so happy I decided to stay for those 40 hours and that I chose to be with DZ the entire time. I could not picture my THON experience any other way than that. This school continues to amaze me and make me proud to be a Penn Stater. I wish everyone could experience the charisma and energy this school brings to the BJC for an amazing cause.
Thank you Penn State for giving me such a valuable experience and the best weekend of my life ever. We raised 10.6 million all for the kids!