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What Are You Doing? March 17, 2009

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Youth Reaching Out.

I was inspired today. I am usually inspired by at least one thing each day but I was seriously drawn and I had to write about this. I guess when you do it as a part of everyday life, you don’t notice how big of a difference it is making. So it hit me today, kids today have some wonderful role models.

Did You Know:

~One in every 330 Americans will develop cancer by the age of 20. On the average, 12,500 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.

~ 963 million people across the world are hungry.

~ Every year, between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats enter US Shelters.

There are countless statistics the show how this world is in need.

Did you know:

You can help?

Every year since I have been at Penn State University and for every year following I will participate in and donate to, THON. THON is a 46 hour dance marathon for children with pediatric cancer and the search for a cure. STudents work hard year round to make sure that this event goes off without a hitch and that we do as much as we can to help take the pain of a sick child away for just a few days. To learn more go to: http://www.THON.org

Since I was a sophomore in High School I have been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you think something as small as sharing your life with someone will not make a difference, you are VERY wrong. I have watched kids grow so much and see how they can be amazing people even if they come from less amazing backgrounds. 1 hour a week can make a difference. Check them out at: http://www.bbbs.org

What inspired me to write this today is a video that Selena Gomez put on her You Tube page. J.T. Austin and her traveled to Puerto Rico because they had found out about an island where tons of dogs were being left basically to die. You can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u3zsBZ5sv4&feature=channel_page

You can also visit the website Islanddog.org to learn more about the Island, and how you can help or adopt a dog.

The Jonas Brothers have their website , Change For Children, (www.Changeforchildren.org) which offers others to donate to one of four causes the Brothers have chosen. One cause the Brothers strongly support is the cause for Juvenile Diabetes. This stems from Nick Jonas’ personal relationship to the disease. 

There are countless numbers of way to donate and to make a difference in the world around you. If you are a student, look up different organizations at your school. You may find that there are clubs like ProLife Club, S.A.D.D, Community Service Teams, and others. Better yet, grab a group of friends and join or create a group together.

If you are an adult, ask your company if they are part of any organizations or charities that you can be involved with.  If they aren’t involved in anything, ask if you can head something up.

When I look back on my life, I realize how lucky I have been to live the life I have lived. I love sharing my life with those around me. I love being able to make a difference in the lives of others, even if it is handing over old clothes to the Salvation Army or putting leftovers into an aluminum try and taking it to a homeless shelter. There is SO MUCH we can do! 

When I look at young people today like Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, and countless others who have taken their money and given it away or taken time out of their lives to do something that will make a difference, I think what good role models kids have today. 

My message to you. DO SOMETHING! No matter how small, you have the power to make a difference.  So what are you waiting for?!? Take that old sweater that has been collecting dust in your closet and head over to the Salvation Army, someone is bound to make good use of it!

 

GO STATE, BEAT CANCER! February 23, 2009

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The numbers are in….

This year THON raised….

$7,490,133.87 FOR THE KIDS! For Pediatric Cancer!

The dancers were great! Shana, Lauren, Carrie, Jason, and all those who stood for 46 hours…CONGRATULATIONS! You are heroes in the eyes of every child and their families who walk through the doors of the Hershey Medical Center. I am amazed and you should be proud of yourselves!

To everyone involved: Overalls, Captains, Committees, Orgs, and Spectators all over the globe, THANK YOU for making THON a HUGE success!!!!

I am honored to be a part of such a great organization.

Truly, if Penn State Students Ruled the world, everything would be fine.

To the Kids and Families: We are honored to dance for you! You are part of our family and our love is your love! Thank you for sharing this weekend with us! You make this weekend more special than it already is!

Wow! I can’t get over it! I am speechless!

Visit: www.THON.org   for more info and a rundown from this weekend.

“One day we will dance in celebration, but until then we will dance for a cure!”

GO STATE, BEAT CANCER!

 

Precious February 21, 2009

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So I was at THON from 4pm on Friday until 8am on saturday with a bit of a small train home to shower in between. I had been up for 27 hours by that point so I came home after my last camera shift and pass out cold. I just woke up around 2 15. It was BEAUTIFUL!!! As an ex dancer I knew I could stay awake all 46 hours. But then I would have to explain to my professors why I missed class and that’s not really good.  So getting some sleep is great! The dancers at just about at the 21 hours mark right now and our dancers seem to be doing well. 

I keep sending them texts to let them know how amazing they are since I haven’t been able to get on the floor….no one wants anything which is shocking because I would be milking this for all I can…and I did….I craved smoothies a LOT during THON. I’m going to head back soon for a little bit just to say hello and give them some friendly faces to look at and see. I have a dinner and my family will be here shortly too. 

Then I’ll head back in the wee hours of the morning and stay until 4pm. Well more like closer to 5. 

If you go on THON.org and read the blogs they are starting to get funny. People are saying how other ppl are annoying, they are tired, they don’t know what time it is but don’t worry they aren’t delirious yet. It’s great! Also, the webcast looks great! I’ve been watching it since I’ve been awake. Love it!

That’s all for now…I’ll try to post again but if I don’t look for the follow up with pics and the total!!! 

FTK!!! THON ON FOR THE KIDS!

 

Who’s Your Favorite Jo Bro?

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LOVE IT!!! Was at THON from 4-12 and am going back in about 1 hr. I am on call for about 6 dancers if they need anything at all and I LOVE IT!!! Nothing like being an ex moraler, shunned THON member because you were away for a semester. No hard feelings THON!!!

I am loving the fact that I will sleep ALLLL DAYYYY tomorrow and go back to THON at night and staying until the end. I have one more shift on Camera for the Webcast so check it out at THON.org. 

I have entered the Jonas Brothers Raffle and hope to win! Also, I have learned the line dance and visited many dancers on the Floor. This year looks super promising! I can’t wait til our Family and my actual family come tomorrow!!! YAY!!!

Here are some pics so far…

 

THON 2009! February 20, 2009

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Hey all!

 I plan on writing a lot this weekend and updating you on THON happenings. If you are interested in this AMAZING Dance Marathon Penn State Puts On every year you can check out the LIVE Webcast (which I am helping as a cameralady) at www.THON.org. There will also be DANCER BLOGS!!! I LOVE These because Dancers are CRAZY! I should know I was one in 2007! 

So at 4pm The madness starts! Pre THON starts at 5:15 and then we STAND at 6pm!!! I AM PUMPED!!!

THON is a dance marathon where Penn State Students stand for 46 hrs to help raise money for Kids with Pediatric Cancer, The Hershey Medical Center, and the Four Diamonds Fund. We STAND without sleeping for 46 hrs to show those who are fighting, those who have won, those who have lost, their families and their friends that THEY ARE NOT ALONE! This weekend we strive to put smiles on kids faces no matter how bad our legs hurt. We laugh and sing and cry and celebrate life in all forms!! This weekend we FIGHT for a CURE! 

THON begins in the fall and builds until February and THON weekend. We are here to love and to share and to witness.

One Day we will dance in celebration but for now, we dance for a CURE! 

FTK KIDS! I AM SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU! SHANA, LAUREN, CARRIE, LEO, ALI, RYAN, BECCA, MY MORALERS!, MY CAPTAINS, EVERYONE I KNOW INVOLVED IN THON! YOU GUYS ROCKS!

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Walt Disney